Colon Cancer


Background

Pathophysiology

Diagnosis

Treatment

  1. Early detection; surgery alone or surgery w/chemo before or after
  2. Chemo & radiation are effective for rectal CA
  3. Tx depends on stage (consult oncology)

Disposition

  1. Consult oncology
  2. Determine cost/risk:benefit for palliative care vs surgery if poor prognosis +/- elderly
  3. Support therapies
  4. National cancer guidelines suggest follow up every 3-6 mos for 2 yrs then every 6 mos for 5 yrs o Colonoscopy should be done 6-12 mos after surgery