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This article is part of the supplement: Abstracts of the 16th International Charles Heidelberger Symposium on Cancer Research

Open Access Oral presentation

Quality control in colon and rectal cancer surgery

Karl-Heinrich Link

Author Affiliations

Surgical Center and Asklepios Tumor Treatment Center Rhein-Main (ATC), Asklepios Paulinen Klinik (APK), Wiesbaden, Germany

BMC Proceedings 2010, 4(Suppl 2):O23  doi:10.1186/1753-6561-4-S2-O23

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Published:24 September 2010

© 2010 Link; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Oral presentation

The perioperative and long term results of colon and rectal cancer surgery are varying to significant extents. Our working group has analyzed the potential reasons for those variations. Quality depends on the surgeon’s training and on the hospital structures. We have decided on eight points which should be provided by the hospital/surgeon to warrant the optimal quality of treatment [1,2].


  1. Link KH, Kornmann M, Bittner R, Kockerling F, Arbogast R, Gastinger I, Heitland W, Henne-Bruns D, Lang H, Lippert H, Mann M, Meyer HJ, Polonius MJ, Post S, Raab R, Schiedeck T, Schumpelick V, Kornmann M: Quality criteria for treatment of colorectal cancer - From a surgeon's viewpoint.

    Chirurg 2010, 81:222-230. PubMed Abstract | Publisher Full Text OpenURL

  2. Link KH, Kornmann M, Mann M, Bittner R: Multimodal Treatment of Colon and Rectal Cancers: Quality Parameters.

    Viszeralmedizin 2009, 25:105-117. Publisher Full Text OpenURL