Management of Rectal Cancers and Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (TaTME): An Overview for FRCS (Gen Surg)

31st March 2021

1930 - 2045 hours (UK time)

Online Teaching Via Zoom


Despite significant scientific developments and technological advances, the treatment of rectal cancers continues to remain a significant challenge for clinicians and surgeons. Depending on the grade and stage, rectal cancers can lead to a considerabledegree of morbidity and mortality. A sound understanding of the pathologies and principles is required when managing complex rectal cancers. Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (TaTME), the new minimally invasive robotic alternative to conventional surgery for patients with lower rectal cancers, allows a shorter recovery time, minimal scarring, and reduced pain. This talk, by Mr Howard Joy, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon in West Midlands with a special interest in locally advanced rectal cancers and pelvic malignancies, will provide an overview of this topic and address the current advances and updates in its management.


  • Diagnosis and Current Management of Rectal Cancers.
  • Current Guidelines and Evidence and Trials in Management of Rectal Cancers.
  • Introduction/Background of TaTME.
  • Indications for TaTME.
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of TaTME.

Suitable for:

  • ST3 and above trainees in General Surgery.
  • ST6 and above trainees in Colorectal Surgery.
  • Trainees preparing for the FRCS(Gen Surg) exam.
  • Trainees preparing for the MCh (Surg) exam.
  • Post CCT trainees in Colorectal Surgery.
  • Specialists in Robotic Surgery.
  • Trainees preparing for European Board exams.


Quick Information
Places are currently available.
Date 31st March 2021
Time 1930 - 2045 hours (UK time)
Online Teaching Via Zoom
Course Fee Free
This teaching event is part of the International Postgraduate Surgical Education and Training Series, supported by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Cardiff and The Doctors Academy Group.
Closing Date Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and therefore we are unable to provide a precise closing date.
No of Places 60
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