What long-term monitoring should patients with cancer receive following colon resection (colectomy)?

Updated: Apr 05, 2021
  • Author: David E Stein, MD, MHCM; Chief Editor: Vikram Kate, FRCS, MS, MBBS, PhD, FACS, FACG, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FIMSA, MAMS, MASCRS, FFST(Ed)  more...
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If the cancer is a stage III, the authors refer the patient to a medical oncologist for adjuvant therapy. Patients with stage II cancers with specific features are also referred for postoperative chemotherapy.

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) has issued practice guidelines for surveillance of patients who have undergone curative treatment of colon and rectal cancer. [33]


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