New guidelines suggest CRC patients undergo postoperative colonoscopy

The U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer has issued new guidelines supporting the performance of postoperative colonoscopy after cancer resection.

There is a 0.7 percent to 7 percent change a colorectal cancer patient will have a second, concurrent cancer, according to the task force. The new recommendations suggest CRC patients scheduled to undergo cancer resection should:

•    Receive a colonoscopy prior to resection, if possible, or within three to six months following surgery
•    Receive a colonoscopy one year after surgery or one year after the perioperative colonoscopy
•    Receive a colonoscopy four years after surgery or the perioperative colonoscopy
•    Nine years after the perioperative colonoscopy

The U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer includes gastroenterology experts from the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

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