Quality Assurance in Rectal Cancer Management

  • Anne J. Breugom
  • Petra G. Boelens
  • Cornelis J. H. van de Velde


Rectal cancer management has evolved over the past decades. Major improvements in locoregional recurrence rates and survival were made by the introduction of total mesorectal excision (TME). The use of preoperative (chemo)radiation and the possibility of more accurate staging with MRI scanning resulted in further improvements in rectal cancer outcomes.

To further optimise and improve the quality of rectal cancer care, quality assurance in rectal cancer treatment is of great importance. Auditing is an effective instrument to monitor the quality of care and to improve outcome. Other tools to improve the quality of rectal cancer care are for example guideline formation, multidisciplinary team management, and care pathways.


Quality assurance Audit Multidisciplinarity Guidelines Quality indicators Cancer registry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne J. Breugom
    • 1
  • Petra G. Boelens
    • 1
  • Cornelis J. H. van de Velde
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryLeiden University Medical CenterLeidenThe Netherlands

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