Study Shows Colon Cancer Patients Miss Follow-Up Care

by: cancercompass

According to a recent report in the journal Cancer, many older colon cancer patients fail to undergo the recommended number of follow-up visits with their physician.

The study involved more than 9,000 colon cancer patients, 66 years old or older. The patients were observed for 3 years following their initial diagnosis of colorectal cancer and subsequent treatment.

Researchers discovered that 60.2% of the patients did not receive the recommended level of follow-up physician visits. In contrast, 22.7% of the patients received excessive follow-up visits.

The study identified recommended follow-up visits as: two doctor's office visits per year, a minimum of two carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) tests per year in the first two years, and at least one colonoscopy within 3 years.

More details of the study are available in a recent Reuters article.