Outcome of follow-up programs in patients previously resected for colorectal cancer.

V. Pugliese, H. Aste, S. Saccomanno, P. Bruzzi, L. Bonelli, L. Santi

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-208
Number of pages6
JournalTumori
Volume70
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 30 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research

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