Colorectal Cancer: Surveillance

  • Nadav DujovnyEmail author
  • Jon S. Hourigan


  • The majority of patients with colon and rectal cancer undergo curative resection and become candidates for surveillance.

  • The risk of colorectal cancer recurrence is largely dependent on the stage of disease at initial presentation, and the appropriate level of postoperative surveillance should reflect this degree of risk stratification.

  • In theory, proper surveillance allows subsequent polyps to be removed before malignant transformation occurs and improves survival by early identification of treatable recurrent cancer. Furthermore, surveillance directs family members of patients with hereditary cancers to receive proper screening and genetic counseling.


Positron Emission Tomography Rectal Cancer Curative Resection Endoscopic Surveillance Anastomotic Recurrence 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgerySpectrum Health, Ferguson Clinic, Michigan State UniversityGrand RapidsUSA
  2. 2.Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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