Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of colorectal cancer

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The guideline recommendations were approved by the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on 27 October 2017 under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. expand arrow

In approving the guideline recommendations, NHMRC considers that they meet the NHMRC standard for clinical practice guidelines. This approval is valid for a period of five years.

NHMRC is satisfied that the guideline recommendations are systematically derived, based on the identification and synthesis of the best available scientific evidence, and developed for health professionals practising in an Australian health care setting.

This publication reflects the views of the authors and not necessarily the views of the Australian Government.

Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of colorectal cancer

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Introduction

Summary of recommendations

Plain-language summary

Colorectal cancer in Australia

Primary prevention

Population screening for colorectal cancer

The symptomatic patient

Risk and screening based on family history

High-risk familial syndromes

Imaging a patient with a diagnosis of colon/rectal adenocarcinoma

Pathology and staging

Preparation for surgery and perioperative optimisation

Elective and emergency surgery for colon and rectal cancer

Adjuvant therapy for colon cancer

Neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapy for rectal cancer

Management of resectable locally recurrent disease and metastatic disease

Management non-resectable locally recurrence disease and metastatic disease

The role of systemic therapies in non-resectable metastatic disease

Follow-up after curative resection for colorectal cancer

Psychosocial care

Appendices

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