Multidisciplinary teamwork contributes to significantly improved outcomes in advanced colon cancer
UEG Press Release
In co-operation with the European Society of Digestive Oncology (ESDO)
(Vienna, March 27, 2013) Modern multidisciplinary approaches to the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer (CRC) have led to dramatic improvements in patient survival, and brought the possibility of achieving a cure within reach for some late-stage patients. Professor Philippe Rougier from the European Hospital George Pompidou in Paris, France, speaking on behalf of United European Gastroenterology (UEG), says he believes that the evolution of better diagnostic and surgical procedures, combined with more effective medical treatments, has helped to substantially reduce the risk of recurrence and improve survival rates in patients with stage III colon cancer. “The efficacy of medical treatments for advanced CRC has improved greatly since 1957, when 5-FU was first synthesised,” he said. "Today, medical treatments are contributing substantially to improved clinical outcomes, with many stage III patients and some patients with metastatic CRC achieving a cure."