Project Lead

Dr Alex Besson


Variable response to oncological treatment is multifactorial, however, there is increasing evidence that sarcopenia is a key predictor of chemotherapy toxicity and therefore early cessation of treatment. Newly emerging AI software has recently been developed to accurately determine body composition from CT scan and will allow for analysis of large patient cohorts. The clinical impact of sarcopenia on both oncological and surgical management of colorectal cancer can be used to individualise treatment for patients. This could have significant clinical impact in the newly emerging treatment paradigm of total neoadjuvant therapy for locally advanced rectal cancer.