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NICE publishes new quality standard on colorectal cancer

31 August, 2012
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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published a new quality standard on colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in England. Around 83% of cases occur in people over 60. Two-thirds of colorectal cancers develop in the colon, with the remaining third developing in the rectum. An estimated 16,000 people die from the disease each year in England.

The new quality standard for colorectal cancer includes eight statements designed to drive and measure priority quality improvements in this area. The standard states that people with suspected colorectal cancer are offered a contrast-enhanced CT scan of the chest, abdomen and pelvis to determine the stage of the disease. It also states that people with rectal cancer are offered pelvic MRI to assess the risk of local recurrence. People free from disease after treatment should be offered regular surveillance.

SCoR Chief Executive Richard Evans commented: “The Society and College of Radiographers welcomes the publication of the quality standards for colorectal cancer. The importance of early and accurate diagnosis cannot be stressed highly enough as early diagnosis improves the possibility of achieving effective treatment outcomes.

“Responding to the challenges of delivering diagnostic imaging and effective radiotherapy in busy clinical departments will require not only the professional commitment of radiographers but also the support of provider organisations and commissioners to ensure the necessary resources are in place.”

Click here to view the standard.

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