Recommendation ID
Follow-up after completion of oncological treatment:- Strategies to integrate oncological surveillance with optimising quality of life, reducing late effects, and detecting second cancers in survivors of colorectal cancer should be developed and explored.
Any explanatory notes
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Why this is important:- Traditionally, oncological surveillance has focused on the early detection of either local recurrence or distant metastases. Although there is increasing evidence that the early detection of such recurrences is worthwhile in terms of subsequent oncological outcomes there are other issues, which are particularly important to patients, that can be detected and managed by appropriate follow-up. The detection of late effects and impact on quality of life are particularly important and research into reducing the likelihood and managing the consequences of such effects makes this all the more relevant to patients. There are numerous different models of surveillance and research should aim to establish strategies that address patient concerns.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Colorectal cancer: diagnosis and management
Date issued
November 2011

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 06/01/2015