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Many colorectal cancer survivors do not receive recommended follow-up care
Date:9/7/2008

c antigen (CEA) tests per year, and at least one colonoscopy within three years.

Overall, six in ten (60.2 percent) of patients received testing below recommended levels, while fewer than one in five (17.1 percent) received testing at the recommended frequency. Nearly one in four (22.7 percent) received follow-up services above those specified by screening guidelines. The researchers say that while some of the difference could be explained by clinical factors, such as stage of disease, they also found important differences across racial groups and region. The researchers say the generally lower use of testing in African Americans is likely a contributing factor to the known poorer stage-specific survival compared to Caucasians. In addition, geographic differences across SEER sites suggest that patient and physician preferences may influence choice of testing.

"Further studies should ascertain the reasons for poor compliance and the effect on patient outcome," the authors wrote.


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Contact: David Sampson
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American Cancer Society
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