Colorectal Cancer PSP (Germany) Top 10

  1. How radical should the surgery be in the different stages of colorectal cancer, e.g., with regard to pelvic exenteration (=[radical] surgical removal of two or more pelvic organs), preservation of continence [ability to retain stool as desired], or lymph node excision?
  2. What measures can be taken to help colorectal cancer patients cope with the disease and the adverse efects and consequences of treatment, e.g., bowel obstruction, diarrhea, anal infammation, incontinence, parenteral nutrition (=nutrition via the veins), sexual problems, sequelae of stoma / stoma closure?
  3. What potential is there for individualized treatment of patients with colorectal cancer, e.g., antibody therapies, targeted therapy with new drugs, or immunotherapy?
  4. Does the involvement of specialized outpatient and inpatient personnel (nutritional counseling, oncology nurses, care service, stomatherapists, etc.) in the care of colorectal cancer patients improve the outcome?
  5. What kind of specific preparation (pre-habilitation) has the potential to improve the outcome of the planned treatment (surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, etc.) in colorectal cancer?
  6. What role can be played by complementary medicine, e.g., meditation, osteopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, as a complement to conventional medicine (e.g., in regard to symptom relief and survival) in colorectal cancer?
  7. In rectal cancer, how can LARS (low anterior resection syndrome=defecation problems after removal of the rectum) be efectively prevented (e.g., by reconstruction technique [=technique to restore the digestive tract, J pouch, transverse coloplasty, side-to-end anastomosis], pelvic neuromonitoring [=checking nerve function during the operation]) or treated?
  8. How can the adverse effects of chemotherapy in colorectal cancer, e.g., polyneuropathy (=nerve damage associated with sensory disturbances and pain) or nausea, be avoided and treated?
  9. What is the best sequence of treatment measures (chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy) for the diferent stages of colorectal cancer?
  10. What measures have the potential to improve the quality of life and the general well-being of patients with colorectal cancer (e.g., nutritional counseling, psychosocial support)?