Assessment of Frequency of Surveillance After Curative Resection in Patients With Stage II and III Colorectal Cancer
The aim is to conduct a prospective multicentre randomised study comparing two different control regimens after resection for colorectal cancer stage II - III. Follow-up after surgery for colorectal cancer is a controversial issue. The reasons for follow-up are: to obtain a better overall survival, for scientific purposes and/or for psychological reasons and/or as quality assessment. Meta-analyses of randomised controlled studies have lately shown that a beneficial effect on the overall mortality could be found with intense follow-up compared to sporadic. This study compares the regimen of CT-scan or MR scan of the liver, control of the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), and CT-scan or X-ray of the lungs in two groups with either control after 12 and 36 months, or after 6, 12, 18, 24, and 36 months. The efficacy parameters are total and cancer-specific mortality.