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The management of rectal cancer can be complex, especially for people who require surgery.
A person with a suspected rectal cancer should be referred to a specialist who is a member of a colorectal (or similar) multidisciplinary team and practices at a specialist centre.
The management of rectal cancer requires a team of health care professionals with experience in rectal cancer (including surgery) and the availability of adequate supportive care following surgery.
Even if surgery does not seem likely at the time of referral, early involvement of a multidisciplinary team is recommended to ensure optimal assessment, care, and outcomes.
Some patients may need to travel out of area to be treated at a specialist centre. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this. For more detailed information about specialist centres, see Optimising cancer care on the Cancer Institute NSW website.
Last updated: 07 August 2018
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Every person with cancer should have their care overseen by a specialist on a multidisciplinary team.