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Role of regular follow-up after curative surgery for colorectal cancer

Authors
Min, Byung WookUm, Jun WonMoon, Hong Young
Issue Date
Jan-2007
Publisher
H G E UPDATE MEDICAL PUBLISHING S A
Keywords
regular follow-up; colorectal cancer; survival benefit
Citation
HEPATO-GASTROENTEROLOGY, v.54, no.73, pp.63 - 66
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Journal Title
HEPATO-GASTROENTEROLOGY
Volume
54
Number
73
Start Page
63
End Page
66
URI
https://scholarworks.korea.ac.kr/kumedicine/handle/2020.sw.kumedicine/18164
ISSN
0172-6390
Abstract
Background/Aims: This investigation aimed to estimate the value of regular follow-up programs after curative resection for colorectal cancer. Methodology: We compared the recurrence rate, rate of curative re-resection, and survival rate between groups who had either regular or irregular follow-up. The medical records of 397 consecutive patients, who underwent a curative resection for colorectal cancer between January 1994 and December 1997, were analyzed retrospectively. Results: The recurrence rate was 19.4% and 20.8% in the regular and irregular follow-up groups (P > 0.05), respectively. There was a significant difference in the asymptomatic recurrence rate (62.9 vs. 18.7 %; P=0.021), but curative re-resection was possible in 18 (29.0%) of those patients with cancer recurrence in the regular follow-up group, and in 2 (12.5%) in the irregular follow-up group, which was not significantly different (P > 0.05). 5-year survival rate between the groups was not significantly different (78.1 vs. 61.2%; P > 0.05). Conclusions: A regular follow-up program after a curative resection for colorectal cancer, although facilitating detection of recurrence before symptoms developed, was unlikely to succeed in increasing the rate of a curative intent re-resection and survival remarkably.
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