Prevention, Early Detection & Management of Bowel Cancer

Clinical Practice Guidelines, Protocols and Resources

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Clinical Genomics
The BowelScreen Australia® portal provides access to up-to-date education and resources for health professionals regarding bowel cancer screening.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
The Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice 8th edition (the red book) is a synthesis of evidence-based guidelines from Australian and international sources and provides recommendations for everyday use in general practice.  The red book provides a single entry point to common conditions seen in Australian general practice and offers practical advice on the kind of screening and services that should be provided to the general population.
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA)
This protocol contains standards and guidelines for the preparation of structured reports for local excisions of the colon and rectum.  These include simple polypectomy, endoscopic mucosal resections, endoscopic submucosal resections, transanal submucosal excision for low rectal lesions, and transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS) specimens for appropriate lesions in the mid and upper rectum.  It is not intended to apply to tumours of the appendix, small bowel and anus.  It does not cater for full resection specimens either as this is covered by a separate protocol.
Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA)
The fourth edition of this booklet is an update to alert health professionals to new information on the early detection, screening and surveillance of colorectal cancer.  It builds on previous editions, to present a practical overview of current and evolving practice.
mCRC:CARE is a central portal providing access to up-to-date education and resources for nurses who work with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients.  
The program has been designed to address three main objectives.
  • To help nurses working in cancer care to recognise the unique needs of mCRC patients.
  • To enhance nurses' communication skills so that they can better educate and support mCRC patients.
  • To assist nurses to empower mCRC patients to become their own advocates.
Currently, mCRC:CARE comprises six educational modules that provide an overview of mCRC and investigate the main physical, psychological, social and emotional issues of specific relevance to mCRC patients.  The focus of the programme is on the supportive care of mCRC patients.  Each module includes strategies for nurses working with mCRC patients to address some of these issues and improve patients' quality of life.
This online learning program has been endorsed by Royal College of Nursing, Australia, according to approved criteria.  Participation attracts 18 RCNA Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) points (3 RCNA CNE points per module) as part of RCNA's Life Long Learning Program (3LP). 
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA)
This protocol contains standards and guidelines for the preparation of structured reports for colorectal cancer.  It is not intended to apply to tumours of the appendix, small bowel and anus. Local excisions of colorectal carcinomas will be dealt with in a subsequent protocol. 
The resources are designed to support the professional development of all nurses in cancer care regardless of experience or setting.  They provide highly flexible and accessible education materials to help: all nurses achieve the core capabilities required in cancer control specialist cancer nurses benchmark against the specialist cancer nurse competency standards educators facilitate learning for all nurses in cancer control.
National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
These guidelines are intended for use by all practitioners and health workers who require information about surveillance colonoscopy - in adenoma follow-up, following curative resection of colorectal cancer, and for cancer surveillance in inflammatory bowel disease.  It is an update (and expansion) of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention, Early Detection and Management of Colorectal Cancer, approved by NHMRC in 2005.
A convenient online RAS test ordering for Australian oncologists.  Portal includes:
  • Convenient online access to RAS test ordering
  • Information about RAS
  • Information about PBS & MBS reimbursement criteria
  • PSP information sheets and enrolment forms
National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
These guidelines are an update of the 1999 NHMRC Guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of colorectal cancer.  The guidelines are intended for use by medical practitioners and health workers and provide information on prevention and screening, diagnosis and psychosocial matters, as well as the clinical aspects of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  
Please note these guidelines are more than 5 years of age and may no longer reflect current evidence or best practice.
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