Background Colorectal cancer is the most common internal malignancy affecting
both men and women in Australia.
Objective This review discusses screening, follow up, the long them physical
effects of treatment, and the need for survivorship care plans for
those with colorectal cancer.
Discussion Following primary treatment, patient follow up includes screening
for recurrence and second primaries, management of long term
treatment effects, advice about health promotional strategies, and
monitoring and appropriate referral for psychosocial issues. Optimal
survivorship care is likely to include considerable general practitioner
involvement with ongoing support from oncology specialist teams.
Survivorship care can be guided by a tailored survivorship care plan.
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