The Low Rectal Cancer National Development Programme (LOREC) is funded by the National Cancer Action Team which aims to improve cancer outcomes and quality of life for patients with low rectal cancers.

The programme launched in October 2010, and ran a successful over-subscribed pilot which 56 colorectal MDTs participated in.

The LOREC objectives are:

  • To enhance patient-centred MDT decision making
  • To optimise operative technique
  • To diminish post-operative complications and improve quality of life outcomes
  • To improve oncological outcomes
  • LOREC will tackle key elements of low rectal cancer treatment; including the importance of the patients priorities at all stages of the treatment decision making process. The programme will emphasise the importance of informed decision making for the best possible treatment for each patient using optimal staging, appropriate pre-operative treatments and surgical decision making.