Management of colon cancer: resource-stratified guidelines from the Asian Oncology Summit 2012

Lancet Oncol. 2012 Nov;13(11):e470-81. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(12)70424-2.


Colon cancer is seen with increasing frequency in the Asia-Pacific region, and it is one of the most important causes of cancer mortality worldwide. This article reviews the available evidence for optimum management of colon cancer-in particular, with respect to screening and early detection of colon cancer, laparoscopic surgical treatment, adjuvant treatment of individuals with high-risk stage II and stage III cancer, palliative treatment of patients with metastatic disease, and management of resectable and potentially resectable metastases-and how these strategies can be applied in Asian countries with different levels of health-care resources and economic development, stratified by basic, limited, enhanced, and maximum resource levels.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asia / epidemiology
  • Asian People
  • Colonic Neoplasms* / economics
  • Colonic Neoplasms* / epidemiology
  • Colonic Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Colonic Neoplasms* / therapy
  • Developing Countries / economics
  • Early Detection of Cancer
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasm Staging