Optimization of Preoperative Assessment in Patients Diagnosed with Rectal Cancer

This is a clinical practice guideline for patients with rectal cancer who are newly diagnosed. The guideline provides recommendations on investigations to assess for metastases and synchronous lesions, imaging for local staging, optimal MRI protocol and criteria for local staging, optimal MRI criteria to select patients for neoadjuvant therapy, the role of multidisciplinary cancer conferences and the role of restaging MRI after neoadjuvant therapy.