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Phenotype submission - Primary adenocarcinoma cancer reciving surgical treatment

Cohort Definition Name: Primary adenocarcinoma of the colon or rectum treated with potentially curative surgery

Contributor name: Andreas Weinberger Rosen

Contributor OrcId: 0000-0001-9990-8155

Logic Description: First event of Primary adenocarcinoma of the colon or rectum treated with curative surgery within 90 days of the operation

Recommended study application: exposure. Including patients who received a potentially curative treatment

Assertion statement: This cohort definition was executed on at least one real person-level observational health data source and resulted in a cohort with at least 1 person.

*Submitted cohort definition:
Primary adenocarcinoma cancer surgical treatment.txt (89.7 KB)

Target Clinical Description

Colorectal cancer, primarily an adenocarcinoma, stands as the most prevalent malignant tumor affecting the intestinal tract. Originating in the epithelial cells that line the colon or rectum, the disease can escalate into a full-fledged malignant tumor through various molecular mechanisms. The disease manifests differently based on its anatomical location, its size, and its stage of development.
Presentation of Colorectal Cancer
Common Symptoms:

  • Hematochezia or blood in the stool
  • Diarrheal episodes or constipation
  • Sensation of incomplete bowel evacuation
  • Abdominal discomfort or pain
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Nocturnal sweating
  • Anemia

Some patients may not display symptoms and are often diagnosed either via screening programs or incidental findings during other medical evaluations.

In some instances, colorectal cancer can escalate into an emergency scenario, leading to complications like bowel obstruction, acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding, or even bowel perforation.
Assessment for Colorectal Cancer

  • Colonoscopy for macroscopic evaluation and biopsy collection
  • Histopathology of the biopsy tissue serves as a cornerstone for diagnosis
  • Various imaging modalities such as CT, PET, and MRI for clinical staging
  • Histological evaluation of surgical or metastatic samples for pathological staging

Differential Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer

  • Other intestinal neoplasms like neuroendocrine tumors or advanced polyps
  • Diverticular disease
  • Hemorrhoidal issues
  • Anal fissures
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Treatment Plan for Colorectal Cancer

  • For localized or regionally-confined cancers, surgical resection along with the affected intestinal segment remains the standard care, often supplemented by neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapies like chemotherapy or radiation.
  • In cases of solitary metastasis, radical surgery may be augmented by radiofrequency ablation, stereotactic radiation, or additional surgeries for metastatic lesions, aiming for curative outcomes.
  • For those without curative options, palliative measures, including oncological treatments and surgical interventions, are employed to improve symptoms and extend life expectancy.
  • Patients with specific molecular profiles, such as 'deficient mismatch repair' or high microsatellite instability, may benefit from treatments involving immune checkpoint inhibitors.

Prognosis for Colorectal Cancer

The prognosis of colorectal cancer treated with curative intended surgery depends on several factors, but is favorable in the earlier stages.

Assignment for Peer Review:

Peer review of the phenotype would be more than welcome

Imported to the OHDSI Phenotype Library. It may be expected to be found with id = 813 in the next release. Thank you