Rectal Cancer: ASCO Tumor Boards

This is a free case-based activity that includes discussion of an 82-year-old active female without systemic disease who is found to have microcytic anemia and weight loss. No other symptomatology. No family history of cancer. On exam she has no abdominal masses. No hepatosplenomegaly, and no palpable inguinal lymph nodes.  Rectal exam revealed a mobile 2.5cm lesion at 5’oclock just 1 cm above the sphincters and 4 cm from the anal verge. At the end of the course, you should be able to: 

  • Discuss the standard of care for cT2N0 or cT3N0 distal rectal adenocarcinoma;
  • Discuss potential alternatives to radical surgery in rectal cancer and;
  • Apply the appropriate approach to the patient and decision making in treating distal rectal cancer, including long-term functional outcomes.

This activity was made available on 12/23/2015 and will be reviewed on an annual basis to determine continued availability. A maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™ credit is available.

Competencies Addressed

Medical Knowledge (ACGME, AAPA)

Health Promotion, Health Protection, Disease Prevention, and Treatment (ONS)

Note: This course is now accessible through mobile devices as well as personal computers.