Yale Cancer Center and our partner, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, acknowledge the seven American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) evidence-based quality guidelines for breast and colorectal cancers. The latest performance data for colorectal cancer is listed below.
- Adjuvant chemotherapy is considered or administered within 4 months of diagnosis for patients under the age of 80 with stage III (lymph node positive) colon cancer.
- At least 12 regional lymph nodes are removed and pathologically examined for resected colon cancer.
- Radiation therapy is considered or administered within 6 months of diagnosis for patients under the age of 80 with clinical or pathologic T4N1M0 or stage III colorectal cancer after receiving surgical resection for rectal cancer.
- Postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy is administered within 9 months (270 days) of diagnosis to patients under the age of 80 with clinical or pathologic AJCC Stage II or Stage III receiving surgical resection for rectal cancer.