FOLLOW-UP AFTER COLORECTAL CANCER
Even after the most complete treatment, there’s always a chance that cancer will recur. You are also at greater risk for a new cancer in your colon or rectum. Therefore, regular follow-up is vital. Remember, colorectal cancer can be prevented!
The follow-up could be done by your family physician, your oncologist, or your surgeon. What’s important is to have a single person in charge, to ensure continuity of care.
What does follow-up involve? Your physician will discuss any unusual symptoms you might be having, perform a physical examination, and order tests. The tests may include a CEA blood test, PET, CT or MRI scans, and regular colonoscopies. Colonoscopy is the most important tool for finding evidence of possible recurring cancer, such as a new polyp. Do not neglect it! It may save your life.