NCCN Guidelines® Insights - Rectal Cancer, Version 6.2020
The NCCN Guidelines for Rectal Cancer provide recommendations for the diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and follow-up of patients with rectal cancer. These NCCN Guidelines Insights summarize the panel discussion behind recent important updates to the guidelines. These updates include clarifying the deﬁnition of rectum and differentiating the rectum from the sigmoid colon; the total neoadjuvant therapy approach for localized rectal cancer; and biomarker-targeted therapy for metastatic colorectal cancer, with a focus on new treatment options for patients with BRAF V600E– or HER2 ampliﬁcation–positive disease.
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of oncologists, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals who manage patients with cancer.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Integrate into professional practice the updates to the NCCN Guidelines for Rectal Cancer
- Describe the rationale behind the decision-making process for developing the NCCN Guidelines for Rectal Cancer
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Per the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, individuals who do not disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from involvement in the CE activity as a content developer, planner, or presenter. A complete list of individuals’ relationships with external entities is available upon request.
NCCN continuing education considers financial relationships to create a “conflict of interest” when an individual has both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect CE content about the products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she and/or a spouse or partner has a financial relationship.
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All faculty for this continuing education activity are competent in the subject matter and qualified by experience, training, and/or preparation for the tasks and methods of delivery.
Faculty presentations may include discussion of off-label use. Faculty will disclose that the use in question is not currently approved by the FDA per the product labeling.
The NCCN staff listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Kerrin M. Rosenthal, MA; Kimberly Callan, MS; Genevieve Emberger Hartzman, MA; Erin Hesler; Kristina M. Gregory, RN, MSN, OCN; Rashmi Kumar, PhD; Karen Kanefield; and Kathy Smith.
Individuals Who Provided Content Development and/or Authorship Assistance:
Al B. Benson III, MD, Panel Chair, has disclosed that he receives other ﬁnancial beneﬁt from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Genentech, Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, ARRAY Biopharma, AVBCCC, Bayer, Dava Onc, Guardant Health, Harborside Press, LSK, Merck Sharpe and Dohme, Patient Resource, PrECOG, Springer, and Pﬁzer Inc.
Alan P. Venook, MD, Panel Vice Chair, has disclosed that he is a scientiﬁc advisor for Genentech, Inc.; Halozyme, Inc.; and Roche Laboratories, Inc.
Stacey Cohen, MD, Panel Member, has disclosed that she receives honoraria from Boston Healthcare Associates and consulting fees from Natera.
Jeffrey Meyerhardt, MD, MPH, Panel Member, has disclosed that he receives consulting fees from Cota Healthcare and other ﬁnancial beneﬁt from Taiho Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.
Eric D. Miller, MD, PhD, Panel Member, has disclosed that he has no relevant ﬁnancial relationships.
Alyse Johnson-Chilla, MS, Guidelines Coordinator, NCCN, has disclosed that she has no relevant ﬁnancial relationships.
Lisa A. Gurski, PhD, Oncology Scientist/Medical Writer, NCCN, has disclosed that she has no relevant ﬁnancial relationships.
To view all of the conﬂicts of interest for the panel, go to NCCN.org/disclosures/guidelinepanellisting.aspx.
In support of improving patient care, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
NCCN designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
NCCN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 contact hour.
NCCN designates this knowledge-based continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) of continuing education credit. UAN: JA4008196-0000-20-008-H01-P
NCCN has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit. Approval is valid until July 10, 2021. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
- 1.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
- 1.00 ACPE contact hours
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 1.00 ANCC contact hours
- 1.00 Participation
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- A device with an Internet connection
- Adobe Reader or other PDF reader software for article and certificate viewing/printing