Colorectal cancer follow-up in 2005

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Abstract

The main goal in monitoring patients after the treatment of colorectal cancer is to improve survival through the early identification and treatment of metastatic or locally recurrent disease. Although the results of several randomized, controlled trials have identified a survival benefit associated with careful follow-up, specific testing strategies to maximize survival while minimizing cost and patient inconvenience have not been identified. There is, therefore, great variability in the types, number, and frequency of tests ordered to follow these patients. This article reviews the level-I data available regarding the efficacy of follow-up, the specific tests commonly used, and issues of costs and patient satisfaction, and provides a summary of the available societal guidelines concerning colorectal cancer follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-193
Number of pages19
JournalSurgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2006

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