Aftercare Following Colon Cancer Surgery

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Follow-up Testing

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) sets guidelines for follow-up testing to detect recurring cancer after the completion of treatment. The following guidelines are based on ASCOs 2005 updated recommendations.

Physical Examination

Most colorectal cancer recurrences happen within 3 years after surgery. ASCO recommends that patients see their doctor for a physical examination every 3 6 months for the first 3 years, every 6 months for the fourth and fifth years, and at...

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