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Detecting recurrent colorectal cancer by testing for blood carcino‐embryonic antigen (CEA).

After surgery for cancer in the colon or rectum (colorectal cancer), most people are intensively followed up for at least five years to monitor for signs of the cancer returning. When this occurs, it usually causes a rise in a blood protein called CEA (carcino‐embryonic antigen). An increased level of CEA can be picked up by a blood test, which is normally done every three to six months after colorectal cancer surgery. Those people with raised CEA levels are further investigated by x‐ray imaging (usually a scan of the chest, abdomen and pelvis). We conducted this review to help decide what level of blood CEA should lead to further investigation.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2016

Colorectal cancer: Overview

Colorectal cancer is sometimes considered to be a disease only men have. But that is wrong: Although it affects men more commonly and often at an earlier age, women can also develop colorectal cancer. Here you can read about the risks and causes of colorectal cancer, and find information about the screening tests and living with the disease.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: January 26, 2017

Colon Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of colon cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: February 27, 2017

Unusual Cancers of Childhood Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of unusual cancers of childhood such as cancers of the head and neck, chest, abdomen, reproductive system, skin, and others.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: June 23, 2017

Rectal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of rectal cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: May 19, 2017

Gallbladder Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of gallbladder cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: June 30, 2016

Gastric Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of gastric cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: April 27, 2017

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: December 23, 2016

Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma) Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of bile duct cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: December 22, 2016

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