Quentin DenostAt the ESCP Annual Meeting in Vienna this September, Dr Quentin Denost, Assistant Professor in colorectal and pelvic surgery at Bordeaux University Hospital (France), will take the stage to deliver a keynote session on the increasing incidences of rectal cancer in the young.

Rectal cancer cases are rising in adults in their 30s and 40s and unfortunately further research must be conducted to try and decipher exactly why this is. Rectal cancer is usually found and treated in older patients (between the age of 60-70) however the recent rise in younger cases has prompted many difficult questions within the colorectal field.

Dr Denost said:

"We’re seeing increasing incidences of young patients without any history of disease, mainly within European countries, being diagnosed with rectal cancer at a young age."

Should younger patients be treated in the same way as older ones? Should we be more aggressive with chemotherapy? Dr Denost will address these common questions and more at the Annual meeting in Vienna.

Dr Denost adds:

“When treating younger patients, we must be very cautious about the possibility of side effects such as sexual dysfunction and stomas. We are aiming to provide the very best pre-operative quality of life and specific data sets must be analysed in order to develop a truly successful screening programme for young individuals. These aggressive tumours must be identified as soon as possible, and a clear path of tailored treatment must be carved out.”

The topic will be explored in detail at the ESCP conference this September where delegates will have the unique opportunity to hear first-hand from Dr Denost, a colorectal expert who was also honorary clinical and research fellow in The Royal Marsden Hospital (London, UK) and in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney, Australia) in 2015.

Book your place at the 13th Scientific and Annual meeting of ESCP in Vienna here

Keynote: Increasing incidence of rectal cancer in the young – aetiology, screening and management controversies
Date: Wednesday 25 September
Times: 10:35 - 11:05

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