Managing Rectal Cancer in the Clinical Setting

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Learning Objectives
After completing this educational activity, the learner should be better able to:

  • Identify challenges related to determining an optimal continuum of care for patients with advanced stage rectal cancer
  • Discuss current and emerging treatments for patients with stage III rectal cancer
  • Distinguish between treatment options for synchronous metastatic rectal cancer versus metasynchronous metastatic rectal cancer
  • Develop an appropriate management regimen for patients with locally advanced rectal cancer with synchronous low volume metastatic disease based on pathologic staging and treatment history
  • Explain the issues that complicate the lines of treatment for patients with previously untreated metastatic rectal cancer
  • Identify new therapies available for those with advanced metastatic rectal cancer and determine patient eligibility based on type and timing of previous therapies

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Target Audience
This learning activity is intended for a broad audience of healthcare practitioners, including medical oncologists, primary care physicians, family physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Release date: May 22, 2009
Expiration date: May 22, 2010

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