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Rectal Cancer (cont.)

Follow-up

Because a risk exists of rectal cancer coming back after treatment, routine follow-up care is necessary. Follow-up care usually consists of regular visits to the doctor's office for physical exams, blood studies, and imaging studies.In addition, a colonoscopy is recommended 1 year after a diagnosis of rectal cancer. If the findings from the colonoscopy are normal, then the procedure can be repeated every 3 years.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/8/2014
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