Patients diagnosed with a colorectal (bowel) cancer will be followed up in clinic by their Consultant Surgeon, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or team member for five years following their diagnosis. At certain intervals you will undergo further investigations to ensure that there is no sign of any disease and if there is, treatment can be started quickly. The following information demonstrates the timings of these investigations.
Follow up appointments with your consultant surgeon will be at;-
6 weeks, and then at 6, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 & 60 months
A blood test called a CEA level or tumour marker will be taken every 6 months or when you are seen in clinic
A CT scan will be performed at one year, two years and 5 years after your diagnosis.
A colonoscopy will be performed at 1 year after your diagnosis.
Your Consultant/CNS will talk you through these investigations, sometimes the order of these investigations may vary but your consultant/CNS will explain the reason for this.