A multidisciplinary team approach is recommended for the management of patients with colorectal cancer, the second most common cause of cancer death in Australia.
The treatment regimen and the extent of surgery depend on the location and stage of a colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most common cause of cancer death in Australia, being responsible for 10% of cancer deaths in 2006. In this country, the lifetime risk of developing CRC before the age of 75 years is approximately one in 22 people, one in 19 for males and one in 27 for females, with the risk increasing sharply after 45 years of age. Australia’s increasingly ageing population may lead to an increasing incidence of this cancer.