What if a recurrence is suspected?

Cancer follow-up requires regularly scheduled office assessments and, for some cancers, blood and imaging tests. Early detection of recurrence has only been shown to reduce mortality in colorectal cancer, but psychologically it is important to patients and their providers to avoid delays. Remember that most recurrences are detected by patients themselves. It’s important to encourage our cancer patients to report new, persistent symptoms to us, and for us to ensure we have appointment systems that allow them to get in with minimal delay.

If recurrence is suspected, order the tests and imaging needed and refer the patient back to CCMB using the CCMB Referral Form.