Original communication| Volume 69, ISSUE 1, P9-23, January 1971

Recurrent colorectal carcinoma: Detection, treatment, and other considerations

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      The entire experience in a state cancer hospital with carcinoma of the large bowel has been reviewed with emphasis upon the follow-up system and recurrence after resection intended for cure. Particular attention has been directed to: (1) the site of recurrence, (2) the time of recurrence, (3) pathologic characteristics, (4) symptoms, (5) physical signs, (6) the methods of examination, and (7) the effect of retreatment upon survival.
      A system of follow-up designed to detect recurrent neoplasm sufficiently early to allow retreatment for cure has been explained and seems justified financially. An appreciable salvage rate attends reresection for cure and appears the only real justification for regular re-examinations after curative resection.
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