State of the Practice: Colon Cancer

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 - 8:30 am

CME Credit Hours: 1

Colon and rectal cancers are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. In 2020, over 104,610 new cases of colon cancer and 43,340 new cases of rectal cancer were estimated to occur. Over this same year, an estimated 53,000 patients died from colon and rectal cancer combined. Despite these statistics, the overall incidence and mortality of colon and rectal cancers has steadily decreased every decade. These declines can be attributed to the significant advancements that have been made in improving cancer prevention, screening, and treatments.

Despite these improvements, challenges remain in the care of patients with colon cancer. Patients still present with complex metastatic disease, the incidence of colon cancer in young patients (<50 years) is significantly increasing, and new systemic therapies continue to be developed. Colorectal surgeons must stay abreast of these challenges and continue to provide the best evidence-based care for all patients with colon cancer. In this symposium, we will provide an update of colon cancer management in 2021 with particular focus on these newer challenges. 


At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
  1. Integrate the newest updates and trials in colon cancer into daily practice.
  2. Describe an evidence-based strategy to managing metastatic cancer.
  3. Recognize how to treat the young patient with colon cancer.


Co-Directors:     Daniel Chu, MD, MSPH, Birmingham, AL
                                Brian Kann, MD, New Orleans, LA
7:30 am               
Daniel Chu, MD, MSPH, Birmingham, AL
Brian Kann, MD, New Orleans, LA
7:35 am               
Colon Cancer Treatment Guidelines – What’s New?
Shaun Brown MD, Fort Bragg, NC
7:45 am               
Current Clinical Trials for Colon Cancer – An Update
W. Forrest Johnston, MD, New Orleans, LA
7:55 am               
Stage IV Colon Cancer: Current Management Strategies
Suzanne Gillern, MD, Honolulu, HI           
8:05 am               
Treating the Young Patient with Colon Cancer
Erin King-Mullins, MD, Atlanta, GA
8:15 am               
Panel Discussion/Questions and Answers
8:30 am