The survival of a group of 115 patients (group A) who entered a follow-up program after apparently "curative" surgery for colorectal cancer was compared with that of 62 similar patients (group B) who did not join such a program. No significant difference was found. Clinical benefits to single patients in group A, in terms of anticipated diagnosis and effective treatment of recurrences and of metachronous neoplasias, appeared to be, if any, extremely limited. In light of the high costs of intensive follow-up programs, it is concluded that their use can be justified only within controlled perspective trials aimed to evaluate their usefulness.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 30 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research