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My treatment for colon cancer is over. What should I know about follow-up tests?

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After cancer treatment, the types of screenings you have will depend on the type and stage of cancer you had and the treatments you got. You'll likely need check-ups three to four times a year during the first 2 or 3 years after treatment and one or two times a year after that. These might include:

  • A physical exam
  • A colonoscopy
  • CT scans of the chest, abdomen, and possibly pelvis every 6 to 12 months for 3 years
  • A CEA blood test every 3 to 6 months for 5 years

From: Follow-up Care After Colon Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What happens after treatment for colorectal cancer?"

American Cancer Society: "If treatment for colorectal cancer stops working."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Follow-Up Care for Colorectal Cancer."

Cleveland Clinic: "Colon and Rectal Cancer."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Taking Charge of Follow-Up Care."

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 04, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What happens after treatment for colorectal cancer?"

American Cancer Society: "If treatment for colorectal cancer stops working."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Follow-Up Care for Colorectal Cancer."

Cleveland Clinic: "Colon and Rectal Cancer."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Taking Charge of Follow-Up Care."

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 04, 2018

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