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Guidelines for Treating Patients with Late-Stage Colorectal Cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a set of resource-constrained guidelines for treating patients with late-stage colorectal cancer.

The guidelines, published in JCO Global Oncology, were decided on by a multidisciplinary, multinational expert panel that reviewed existing guidelines, conducted a modified ADAPTE process, and used a formal consensus process with additional experts for 2 rounds of formal ratings.

“The ASCO Expert Panel underscores that health care practitioners who implement the recommendations presented in this guideline should first identify the available resources in their local and referral facilities and endeavor to provide the highest level of care possible with those resources,” the authors wrote.

The panel concluded that in basic and limited settings, symptom management for late-stage colorectal cancer includes symptom control,…

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