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Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2017 Feb;110:81-93. doi: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2016.12.001. Epub 2016 Dec 8.

ECCO Essential Requirements for Quality Cancer Care: Colorectal Cancer. A critical review.

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European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO); Department of Surgery, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO); Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology, University of Leeds, Leeds Cancer Centre, United Kingdom.
International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS); Clinical Department of Oncology, University Medical Centre of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria.
European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO); Instituto CUF de Oncologia (I.C.O.), Lisbon, Portugal.
European School of Oncology, Milan, Italy.
European Society of Oncology Pharmacy (ESOP); Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP); Department of Surgery, Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis, Delft, The Netherlands.
European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM); Department of Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology) and Nuclear Medicine, San Pedro Hospital and Centre for Biomedical Research of La Rioja (CIBIR), University of La Rioja, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain.
European Society of Pathology (ESP); Service d'anatomie et cytologie pathologiques, hôpital Saint-Antoine, AP-HP, Faculté de Médecine Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.
European Association of Neuro-Oncology (EANO); Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental und Clinical Traumatology, Vienna, Austria.
European Society of Radiology (ESR); Department of Radiological Sciences, Oncology and Pathology, Sapienza - University of Rome, Rome, Italy.
Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI); National Institute of Oncology, Budapest, Hungary.
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), Belgium.
Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE); Clinic for Radiology, Minimally-invasive Therapies and Nuclear Medicine, SLK-Clinics GmbH Heilbronn, Karl-Ruprecht-University of Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Germany. (Thomas Helmberger, CIRSE, and Klinikum Bogenhausen, Munich, also advised on interventional radiology).
European CanCer Organisation (ECCO), Belgium.
European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC); Department of Palliative Care, Comprehensive Cancer Centre, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.
United European Gastroenterology (UEG); Department of Internal Medicine, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany.
European Nursing Oncology Society (EONS); London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, United Kingdom.
International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG); Colorectal and General Surgery, Ospedale per gli Infermi, Faenza, Italy.
European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO); European Registration of Cancer Care (EURECCA); Department of Surgery, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands.
European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) Patient Advisory Committee.
Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL).
European School of Oncology (ESO), Milan, Italy.
European CanCer Organisation (ECCO); Department of Surgery, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Electronic address:


ECCO essential requirements for quality cancer care (ERQCC) are checklists and explanations of organisation and actions that are necessary to give high-quality care to patients who have a specific tumour type. They are written by European experts representing all disciplines involved in cancer care. ERQCC papers give oncology teams, patients, policymakers and managers an overview of the elements needed in any healthcare system to provide high quality of care throughout the patient journey. References are made to clinical guidelines and other resources where appropriate, and the focus is on care in Europe. Colorectal cancer: essential requirements for quality care CONCLUSION: Taken together, the information presented in this paper provides a comprehensive description of the essential requirements for establishing a high-quality CRC service. The ECCO expert group is aware that it is not possible to propose a 'one size fits all' system for all countries, but urges that access to multidisciplinary units or centres must be guaranteed for all those with CRC.

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