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How often should you be screened for recurrent colon cancer?

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Dr. Sean O Donovan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Year 1, 3, 5,5,5,5..

Current recommendations are to look 1 year after surgery, then 2-3 years later, then every 5.
This obvioulsy depends on the nature/stage of your cancer, and it may be more often. I ask my patients to come in at year 1, year 3, year 5, then every 5 years after, but i decrease the interval if they have a lot of polyps. I also see them in office more frequently than that!

In brief: Year 1, 3, 5,5,5,5..

Current recommendations are to look 1 year after surgery, then 2-3 years later, then every 5.
This obvioulsy depends on the nature/stage of your cancer, and it may be more often. I ask my patients to come in at year 1, year 3, year 5, then every 5 years after, but i decrease the interval if they have a lot of polyps. I also see them in office more frequently than that!
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Dr. Sean O Donovan
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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine

In brief: Annual visits

Colon cancer survivors should have regular visits as dictated by their doctors.
Initially a colonoscopy should be performed at 1 year and then at least every 5 years. Some testing may involve blood or x-ray testing as well.

In brief: Annual visits

Colon cancer survivors should have regular visits as dictated by their doctors.
Initially a colonoscopy should be performed at 1 year and then at least every 5 years. Some testing may involve blood or x-ray testing as well.
Dr. Howard Hack
Dr. Howard Hack
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