In Focus: colorectal cancer

The world’s third most common cancer, colorectal cancer is responsible for an estimated 694,000 annual deaths worldwide. The few last decades have brought great improvements in survival across all stages of the disease. Many factors contributes to this advancement; earlier diagnosis, better pre-operative staging, neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy, refined surgical methods, introduction of pre- and post-operative multidisciplinary team conferences and adjuvant chemotherapy.