How to Evaluate the Quality of Surgery? Suggestions for Critical Reading of Surgical and Pathological Reports
Quality in the surgical treatment of rectal cancer can be divided in two main parts. One is the quality of the excised specimen, where data do indicate that a completely excised rectal cancer specimen (total mesorectal excision) is the cornerstone for a successful outcome. This can be evaluated by the pathologist. The other part is the overall care according to guidelines including staging, type of surgery, complications to treatment, use of chemo- and radiotherapy, long-term results, etc., which can be audit in quality registries.
KeywordsRectal Cancer Total Mesorectal Excision Circumferential Resection Margin Mesorectal Fascia Transparent Report
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