To help doctors provide their patients with the highest quality care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) issued an endorsement of a guideline developed in 2014 by the American Cancer Society. This guideline provides recommendations for follow-up care for men who have received treatment for prostate cancer.
- The primary goal of follow-up care for colorectal cancer is early detection of cancer that has returned after treatment.
- Follow-up care for colorectal cancer includes regular physical examinations, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) tests, computed tomography (CT) scans, and colonoscopy or rectosigmoidoscopy.
- Talk with your doctor about your risk of having the cancer come back and an appropriate follow-up care plan for you.
The importance of follow-up care
To help doctors give their patients the best possible care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) developed evidence-based recommendations for follow-up care for patients with breast cancer. In 2012, ASCO reviewed the results of new research studies, and no changes to the recommendations were needed based on the current research findings. This guide for patients explains the ASCO recommendations.