According to new recommendations from the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, it is critical that colon cancer patients undergo screening even after colorectal surgery.
Research shows that post-operative screening is necessary in order to ensure the patient does not have a second cancerous tumor, and to find and remove any lingering polyps that could later turn into cancer. Evidence suggests that this strategy is associated with improved overall survival for colon cancer patients.
The recommendation states that ideally a patient should undergo a colonoscopy before cancer resection surgery, but if this is not an option the patient should be screened within three to six months after surgery. The patient should receive subsequent colonoscopies one year, four years, and nine years from the surgery or perioperative colonoscopy.
This recommendation update replaces the 2006 guidelines, which addressed the use of endoscopy for patients after cancer resection surgery. The updated document switches focus to colonoscopy for these patients.
You can read the full recommendation update in the journal Gastroenterology.
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