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Virginia Mason

Rectal Cancer: Updates in Staging and Treatment

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Overview / Abstract:

This course spans the staging and treatment of patients with rectal cancer, with a focus on new developments and controversies in staging, duration of chemotherapy, and a variety of surgical approaches.

Join colleagues from around the Pacific Northwest to learn about the risks and benefits of shorter duration of curative chemotherapy, a major new development in colorectal cancer. Differing staging techniques including controversies about optimal modalities with MRI and endo-rectal ultrasound will be discussed, as will surgical therapy — with concentration on which patients should be considered for minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Discover the important role of the microbiome and its relevance to treatment and prevention of GI malignancies. Review evidence-based surveillance practice and guidelines for patients who completed definitive therapy vs. patients who chose a “watch and wait” approach. Find out about clinical trials currently available to patients, and new radiation treatment strategies and their role. Teaching methods include lecture, Q&A with faculty, panel discussion and case presentation.


Feb 09, 2018


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME, Radiology / RAD Tech CE


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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Course Directors

Hagen F. Kennecke, MD, MHA, FRCPC
Medical Director, Cancer Institute, Virginia Mason, Seattle Wash.

Anjali S. Kumar, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCRS
Director, Colon and Rectal Surgery Program, Virginia Mason, Seattle Wash.

Bruce S. Lin, MD
Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason, Seattle Wash.

Deputy Section Head, Gastroenterology Section; Director, Quality Improvement
Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason, Seattle Wash.

Guest Faculty

Carl J. Brown, MD, MSc, FACS, FRCSC
Head, Division of General Surgery; Providence Health Care Chair, Section of Colorectal
Surgery; University of British Columbia Clinical Research Scientist, Centre for Health
Evaluation and Outcomes Research, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia

Cathy Eng, MD, FACP
Sophie Caroline Steves Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research
Associate Medical Director, Colorectal Center
Director of Network Clinical Research, Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Harvey J. Mamon, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School
Director of Gastrointestinal Radiation Oncology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.

Elizabeth C. Wick, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Center for Colorectal Surgery
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif.

Keywords / Search Terms

Virginia Mason colon, rectal, cancer, oncology, colorectal cancer, cancer staging, cancer treatment Live CE CME Seminar CE CME

LIVE Activity Location Details


Volney Richmond Auditorium at Virginia Mason
1201 Terry Ave.
Seattle, WA   98101
United States of America

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