Symposium: Towards new standards in rectal cancer treatment

Datum: 18 september - 19 september 2023
Locatie: BMCC Bruges


Datum: 18 september - 19 september 2023
Locatie: BMCC Bruges

Dear colleagues,

We kindly invite all involved in the care of colorectal cancer patients to our 5th lustrum Towards New Standards Symposium.


The programme will once again feature an impressive line-up of international experts who will discuss cutting-edge data and strategies on colorectal cancer.

  • Complete mesocolic excision has standardized the surgical approach to colonic cancer. The FOXTROT trials provide interesting data on a possible role for neoadjuvant treatment in colonic cancer.
  • Special attention will be paid to the strategy on T4a colonic cancers that have a significant risk for subsequent peritoneal disease.
  • Moreover, for patients with colorectal and oligometastatic liver disease, we will address specific strategies that should lead to prolonged disease control and eventual cure.
  • At the previous TNS, we proposed the Leuven rectal cancer protocol. We have adapted the protocol according to the plenary discussion and recent trial updates and will present our current protocol.

The full programme will soon be available on the website. Keep an eye on and stay tuned!

Pre-symposium workshops

Pre-symposium workshops (masterclasses) will be organized for surgeons, surgeons in training, GI Oncologists and radiologists on the afternoon of Monday, September 18.

On Monday evening, the symposium will be officially opened with a plenary session with key-note lectures.

Welcome drink and standing buffet

After the opening, you are all cordially invited to the welcome drink and standing buffet on the terrasse with a view on the medieval city to celebrate this lustrum together!

Register now

Do not miss the chance to register at the Early Bird Fee by June 30th, 2023!

Register now and join us in Bruges!

Laatste aanpassing: 25 mei 2023