Volume 2003, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • EISSN: 2227-0426


Intensive follow-up of cancer of the colon and rectumincludes colonoscopy 1 year after curative resection and is the current practice in Calgary. There is much debate in the literature as to the value of this intensive follow-up,including 2 prospective randomized controlled trials showing no benefit. The purpose of this study was to assess the benefit of 1-year follow-up colonoscopy by documenting the findings at the time of the procedure. One hundred and four (104) charts were randomly selected and reviewed. All had undergone peri-operative colonoscopy, resection for curative intent and follow-up colonoscopy approximately 1 year post-op. There were 16 (15%) abnormal findings at the time of follow-up colonoscopy. In 10, the colon had notbeen “cleared” peri-operatively and the polyps identified were anticipated and removed. In 6 (6%) there were newfindings not previously documented: 3 hyperplastic polyps; 2 small ( < 0.75 cm) adenomatous polyps and 1 anastomotic recurrence of a rectal cancer. The recurrent cancer was within reach of a rigid sigmoidoscope and the polyps can be considered not clinically significant. This review of our experience with surveillance colonoscopy 1 year after curative resection for cancer of the colon and rectum supports the previously published data from 2 randomized controlled trials showing no benefit.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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