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An audit of the watch-and-wait approach in patients with rectal cancer in Aotearoa New Zealand

What is the ACCORD Study?

ACCORD is a national, multi-centre, retrospective audit to investigate the management and outcomes of patients with rectal cancer who are being treated with a watch-and-wait approach. The watch-and-wait approach for patients with rectal cancer has recently gained traction as a viable options for some patients. It is standard of care for patients with locally advance rectal cancer to undergo neoadjuvent treatment. In some of these patients following this treatment there is complete response with no further cancer present. In these patients a watch-and-wait approach can be considered instead of the traditional operative resection of the rectum. The primary aim of this audit is to describe the number of patients managed with a watch-and-wait approach in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Who is Involved?

STRATA invites all medical students in their clinical years, junior doctors and consultants to become ACCORD collaborators.

All collaborators will be included as PubMed-citable co-authors on resulting publications. All hospitals that treat adults with colorectal cancer can participate in this study. 


Expressions of interest:

We are looking for local hospital leads, data collectors and supervising consultants. 

National leads

The New Zealand national leads are Dr Matthew McGuinness and Mr Christopher Harmston.


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