Bowel cancer patients are one step closer to a world-first standard in care thanks to an international collaboration between Bowel Cancer Australia and the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM).
Bowel Cancer Australia's sponsorship will support the ICHOM Colorectal Cancer Working Group, which brings together an international team, including Australian health professionals, clinicians and patients, to help establish the global standard.
Bowel Cancer Australia's chief executive Julien Wiggins says the aim of the Working Group is to develop an international set of outcomes that reflect the issues that matter most to bowel cancer patients.
"Colorectal (bowel) cancer is the third most common cancer in the world, with around 1.4 million new cases diagnosed each year. The disease therefore requires a global response through one standard set of patient outcomes by which countries can be measured," he added.