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
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
- Total Mesorectal Excision (TME)
- Measurement of quality of surgery by specific techniques of pathology assessment
- Specialist imaging techniques identifying those patients at high risk of local recurrence
- The use of newer more effective neo-adjuvant and adjuvant therapies include radiotherapy and chemotherapy
- 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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