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Follow-up strategies for patients treated for non-metastatic colorectal cancer

Jeffery M, Hickey BE, Hider PN
Published Online: 
8 October 2008

For patients with colorectal cancer treated with curative intent, intensive follow up is associated with improved all-cause survival. However, from the randomised trials completed and reported to date, it is not clear what constitutes the optimal follow-up regimen.
There is little information available about the harms and costs associated with follow up in this setting.
Ongoing and proposed trials will address issues of quality of life, harms and costs, and clarify the optimum follow-up programme.
Consumer needs and concerns with respect to the value of follow up require further research.