About OSTRiCh

What is OSTRiCh?

Founded in 2011, The OSTRiCh Consortium (Optimizing the Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer) is a group of healthcare institutions that have come together with the purpose of improving the quality of rectal cancer care in the U.S. through advocacy, education, and research.

Reflective of the multidisciplinary nature of modern rectal cancer care, “OSTRiCh” is a diverse group with no formal ties to any one medical society. Individual representatives include surgeon members of each of the pertinent surgical societies (American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer, American Society of Colorectal Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons) as well as pathologists, radiologists, and oncologists. At the institutional level, OSTRiCh members represent most facets of the U.S. healthcare delivery system; both large and small private clinics, university-affiliated hospitals, large healthcare systems, and smaller community hospitals.

One of the underlying principles of OSTRiCh is a spirit of inclusion rather than exclusion, as the ultimate goal is to provide access to high quality rectal cancer care for all Americans, not just those living in proximity to existing expert centers. Achieving this goal will require the creation of new Rectal Cancer Centers throughout the U.S., each housing a highly-trained multidisciplinary team administering a standard care pathway based on the five core principles of evidence-based rectal cancer care.

Five Core Principles of Evidence-Based Rectal Care

  1. Total Mesorectal Excision (TME)
  2. Measurement of quality of surgery by specific techniques of pathology assessment
  3. Specialist imaging techniques identifying those patients at high risk of local recurrence
  4. The use of newer more effective neo-adjuvant and adjuvant therapies include radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  5. A Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach that identifies, co-ordinates, delivers and monitors the ideal treatment on an individual patient-by-patient basis

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