Published in Cancer Weekly, December 13th, 2005
According to a study from England, "The necessity, timing and benefits of follow-up after rectal cancer surgery remain controversial, with 2 years traditionally considered adequate to detect most local recurrences. This unit has a policy of lifetime follow-up, and this paper investigates, at 23 years, the value of prolonged surveillance. Six hundred and sixty consecutive patients undergoing surgery for rectal cancer were prospectively followed-up between 1978 and 2002, and local or systemic recurrence...
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