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Centralization of liver cancer surgery and impact on multidisciplinary teams working on stage IV colorectal cancer

Elroy Patrick Weledji

Abstract

Surgical resection is the most effective treatment approach for colorectal liver metastases but only a minority of patients is suitable for upfront surgery. The treatment strategies of stage IV colorectal cancer have shifted towards a continuum of care in which medical and surgical treatment combinations are tailored to the clinical setting of the individual patient. The optimization of treatment through appropriate decision-making and multimodal therapy for stage IV colorectal cancer require a joint multidisciplinary meeting in a centralized liver cancer unit.

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Advanced (joint) multidisciplinary team; centralization; synchronous colorectal liver metastases; surgery; systemic therapy; ablation.

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Submitted: 2016-12-07 07:42:07
Published: 2017-07-31 12:43:29
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