Adjuvant treatment for colorectal cancer

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7043.1417 (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1417

Reducing avoidable delays in establishing the diagnosis is also important

  1. Guru Aithal,
  2. Andrew Tanner
  1. Medical registrar Consultant physician North Tees General Hospital, Stockton TS19 8PE

    EDITOR,—In patients with colorectal cancer,1 any measures that reduce the delay to diagnosis should, hopefully, improve surgical cure rates and reduce the need for adjuvant treatment. There is good evidence from studies2 3 and from epidemiological publications4 to suggest that better application of proved methodologies would improve the detection of colorectal cancer at an early and more favourable stage.

    We recently completed a study of the diagnostic delays for all colorectal cancers presenting …

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