Colon cancer patients not getting follow-up care
AP/Yahoo News, September 8, 2008
Many colon cancer patients aren't getting the screenings recommended after surgery to make sure the disease hasn't returned, according to new research. Only about 40% of the 4,426 older patients in the study got all the doctor visits, blood tests and the colonoscopy advised in the three years after cancer surgery, according to the results. While nearly all made the doctor visits and almost three-quarters got a colonoscopy, many didn't get the blood tests that can signal a return of colon cancer, researchers said.