[Tumor surveillance after resection of colorectal cancer]

Vorburger, Stephan A; Gloor, Beat; Candinas, Daniel (2008). [Tumor surveillance after resection of colorectal cancer]. Therapeutische Umschau, 65(6), pp. 329-34. Bern: Huber

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Because recurrent adenocarcinoma of the colon and rectum (CRC) can still be treated with acceptable 5-year survival rates, tumor surveillance plays an important role. Early detection of recurrent disease from CRC allows for effective treatment with intention for cure. This is why, in 2007, an interdisciplinary group modified the popular "FAGAS" criteria, a proposition for surveillance after curative resection of colorectal cancer. Proposed are the 3-monthly follow-up of the tumor marker CEA (carcino embryonic antigen), which, in case of lower sigmoid or rectal cancer, would be completed by rectosigmoidoscopy and endosonography every 6 months. As a major change liver sonography is now proposed to be replaced by annual thoraco-abdominal CT scan. Colonoscopy within the first year after resection has its place in the surveillance due to a high rate of metachronous secondary tumors missed in the initial endoscopy. Once completed it needs not to be repeated for at least 3 years. Only in cases where early stage CRC was been completely resected no schematic surveillance must take place.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine > Visceral Surgery

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Vorburger, Stephan; Gloor, Beat and Candinas, Daniel










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04 Oct 2013 15:05

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04 May 2014 23:20

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/28455 (FactScience: 120847)

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