Leading Swedish rectal cancer surgeon discusses rectal cancer surgical treatment. What surgery method can reduce risk of rectal cancer recurrence? What are important factors in the treatment of rectal cancer by surgery? How to match correct patient with correct surgical operation? Did cancer surgeon achieve R0 or R1 or R2 margin? Patient’s survival depends on surgery technique and surgeon’s skill.
Total Mesorectal Excision (TME) method is the best surgical treatment for rectal cancer. It took 20 years for TME to become accepted by colorectal surgeons. Tumor pathologist must check the result of rectal cancer surgeon’s work.