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Am J Surg. 2006 Jul;192(1):100-8.

The postoperative surveillance of patients with colon cancer and rectal cancer.

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Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, P.O. Box 208062, New Haven, CT 06520-8062, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Colon cancer is relatively common; however, the results of treatment have marginally improved over the last half century. Though about 85% of patients have colorectal tumors resected with curative intent, a significant number of these patients will eventually die from cancer. As a result, many clinicians have advocated intensive follow-up in such patients as an attempt to increase survival.

DATA SOURCES:

A review of the literature focusing on studies that have specifically addressed postoperative surveillance programs in patients with colorectal cancer was conducted. Only studies with level A evidence were included. Further references were obtained through cross-referencing the bibliography cited in each work.

CONCLUSION:

One of the six prospective randomized studies demonstrated a statistically significant survival benefit. Undoubtedly, survival benefits can be shown with a well-designed evidence-based follow-up strategy. However, well-designed large prospective multi-institutional randomized studies are needed to establish a consensus for follow-up.

PMID:
16769285
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjsurg.2006.01.053
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