Consensus Conference

To achieve this ambitious aim a first consensus conference on colon and rectal cancer was organised in December 2012. Consensus meetings are held to standardise good clinical practice in cancer care. This event brought together an expert panel of health care professionals and scientists representing the majority of European scientific organizations involved in colon and rectal cancer care (surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, and nurses) together with patient organisation representatives [5]. The panel was invited to comment on 465 evidence-based statements of cancer care. This process is described in the article entitiled: “Involving patients in a multidisciplinary European consensus process and in the development of a ‘Patient Summary of the Consensus Document for colon and rectal cancer care.”

Summary on the Consensus on colon & Rectal Cancer Care (October 2013)

Questionnaire: Value of the Summary of the Consensus Conference on Colon & Rectal Cancer

For information on involving patients in the consensus process or the actual consensus document and expert reviews, please see the following articles published online. Requests for reprints of these articles could be addressed to

1) Beets GL, Figueiredo NL, Habr-Gama A, van de Velde CJ. A new paradigm for rectal cancer: Organ preservation: Introducing the International Watch & Wait  Database (IWWD). Eur J Surg Oncol. 2015 Oct 19. pii: S0748-7983(15)00774-X. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2015.09.008. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26493223.

2) Messager M, de Steur WO, van Sandick JW, Reynolds J, Pera M, Mariette C,  Hardwick RH, Bastiaannet E, Boelens PG, van deVelde CJ, Allum WH; EURECCA Upper  GI Group. Variations among 5 European countries for curative treatment of resectable oesophageal and gastric cancer: A survey from the EURECCA Upper GI  Group (EUropean REgistration of Cancer CAre). Eur J Surg Oncol. 2015 Sep 30. pii: S0748-7983(15)00792-1. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2015.09.017. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26461256.

3) Kiderlen M, Ponti A, Tomatis M, Boelens PG, Bastiaannet E, Wilson R, van de  Velde CJ, Audisio RA; eusomaDB Working Group. Variations in compliance to quality indicators by age for 41,871 breast cancer patients across Europe: a European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists database analysis. Eur J Cancer. 2015 Jul;51(10):1221-30. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2015.03.013. Epub 2015 Apr 16. PubMed PMID: 25892645.

4) Kiderlen M, Walsh PM, Bastiaannet E, Kelly MB, Audisio RA, Boelens PG, Brown C, Dekkers OM, de Craen AJ, van de Velde CJ, Liefers GJ. Treatment strategies and survival of older breast cancer patients - an international comparison between the Netherlands and Ireland. PLoS One. 2015 Feb 3;10(2):e0118074. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118074. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25646756; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4315587.

5) van den Broek CB, van Gijn W, Bastiaannet E, Møller B, Johansson R, Elferink MA, Wibe A, Påhlman L, Iversen LH, Penninckx F, Valentini V, van de Velde CJ; EURECCA Consortium. Differences in pre-operative treatment for rectal cancer between Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2014 Dec;40(12):1789-96. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2014.09.011. Epub 2014 Oct 18. PubMed PMID: 25454831.

6) Quality assurance in surgical oncology the EURECCA platform. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2014 Nov;40(11):1387-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2014.08.478. Epub 2014 Aug 29. PubMed PMID: 25256785.

7 ) Boelens PG, Taylor C, Henning G, Marang-van de Mheen PJ, Espin E, Wiggers T, Gore-Booth J, Moss B, Valentini V, van de Velde CJ. Involving patients in a multidisciplinary European consensus process and in the development of a 'patient summary of the consensus document for colon and rectal cancer care'. Patient. 2014;7(3):261-70. doi: 10.1007/s40271-014-0061-4. PubMed PMID: 24862378.

8) Breugom AJ, Boelens PG, van den Broek CB, Cervantes A, Van Cutsem E, Schmoll HJ, Valentini V, van de Velde CJ. Quality assurance in the treatment of colorectal cancer: the EURECCA initiative. Ann Oncol. 2014 Aug;25(8):1485-92. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdu039. Epub 2014 Mar 26. Review. PubMed PMID: 24671742.

9 ) Tudyka V, Blomqvist L, Beets-Tan RG, Boelens PG, Valentini V, van de Velde CJ, Dieguez A, Brown G. EURECCA consensus conference highlights about colon & rectal cancer multidisciplinary management: the radiology experts review. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2014 Apr;40(4):469-75. doi:  10.1016/j.ejso.2013.10.029. Epub 2013 Dec 14. Review. PubMed PMID: 24439446.

10) Valentini V, Glimelius B, Haustermans K, Marijnen CA, Rödel C, Gambacorta MA, Boelens PG, Aristei C, van de Velde CJ. EURECCA consensus conference highlights about rectal cancer clinical management: the radiation oncologist's expert review. Radiother Oncol. 2014 Jan;110(1):195-8. doi:
10.1016/j.radonc.2013.10.024. Epub 2013 Nov 25. Review. PubMed PMID: 24286634.

11) van de Velde CJ, Boelens PG, Tanis PJ, Espin E, Mroczkowski P, Naredi P, Pahlman L, Ortiz H, Rutten HJ, Breugom AJ, Smith JJ, Wibe A, Wiggers T, Valentini V. Experts reviews of the multidisciplinary consensus conference colon and rectal cancer 2012: science, opinions and experiences from the experts of surgery. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2014 Apr;40(4):454-68. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2013.10.013. Epub 2013 Nov 8. Review. PubMed PMID: 24268926.

12) Quirke P, West NP, Nagtegaal ID. EURECCA consensus conference highlights about colorectal cancer clinical management: the pathologists expert review. Virchows Arch. 2014 Feb;464(2):129-34. doi: 10.1007/s00428-013-1534-x. Epub 2014 Jan 24. Review. PubMed PMID: 24458515.

13) van de Velde CJ, Boelens PG, Borras JM, Coebergh JW, Cervantes A, Blomqvist L, Beets-Tan RG, van den Broek CB, Brown G, Van Cutsem E, Espin E, Haustermans K, Glimelius B, Iversen LH, van Krieken JH, Marijnen CA, Henning G, Gore-Booth J, Meldolesi E, Mroczkowski P, Nagtegaal I, Naredi P, Ortiz H, Påhlman L, Quirke P, Rödel C, Roth A, Rutten H, Schmoll HJ, Smith JJ, Tanis PJ, Taylor C, Wibe A, Wiggers T, Gambacorta MA, Aristei C, Valentini V. EURECCA colorectal:  multidisciplinary management: European consensus conference colon & rectum. Eur J Cancer. 2014 Jan;50(1):1.e1-1.e34. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2013.06.048. Epub 2013 Oct 31. PubMed PMID: 24183379.

14) Lordick F, Allum W, Carneiro F, Mitry E, Tabernero J, Tan P, Van Cutsem E, van de Velde C, Cervantes A. Unmet needs and challenges in gastric cancer: the way forward. Cancer Treat Rev. 2014 Jul;40(6):692-700. doi: 10.1016/j.ctrv.2014.03.002. Epub 2014 Mar 13. Review. PubMed PMID: 24656602.

15) van de Velde CJ, Aristei C, Boelens PG, Beets-Tan RG, Blomqvist L, Borras JM, van den Broek CB, Brown G, Coebergh JW, Cutsem EV, Espin E, Gore-Booth J, Glimelius B, Haustermans K, Henning G, Iversen LH, Han van Krieken J, Marijnen CA, Mroczkowski P, Nagtegaal I, Naredi P, Ortiz H, Påhlman L, Quirke P, Rödel C, Roth A, Rutten HJ, Schmoll HJ, Smith J, Tanis PJ, Taylor C, Wibe A, Gambacorta MA, Meldolesi E, Wiggers T, Cervantes A, Valentini V; European Registration of Cancer Care. EURECCA colorectal: multidisciplinary mission statement on better care for patients with colon and rectal cancer in Europe. Eur J Cancer. 2013 Sep;49(13):2784-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2013.04.032. Epub 2013 Jun 14. PubMed PMID: 23769991.

16) de Steur WO, Henneman D, Allum WH, Dikken JL, van Sandick JW, Reynolds J, Mariette C, Jensen L, Johansson J, Kolodziejczyk P, Hardwick RH, van de Velde CJ; EURECCA Upper GI Group. Common data items in seven European oesophagogastric cancer surgery registries: towards a European upper GI cancer audit (EURECCA Upper GI). Eur J Surg Oncol. 2014 Mar;40(3):325-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2013.11.021. Epub 2013 Dec 13. PubMed PMID: 24412054.


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