INTRODUCTIONThe cornerstone of therapy for many solid organ malignancies is curative‐intent surgical resection, but unfortunately, a significant proportion of patients will develop local and/or distant recurrences at some point in the course of their disease. As a result, post‐operative surveillance is an important component of the coordinated care of the cancer patient. There are several diagnostic tools available to clinicians to survey patients after curative‐intent resection, including: (i) history and physical examination; (ii) laboratory biomarkers; and (iii) cross‐sectional and functional imaging. Although cost‐effective strategies in support of routine surveillance are debatable, the goal of post‐operative surveillance is to detect recurrent disease at an early stage that would allow such disease to be effectively treated with either locoregional or systemic therapies. The goal of these interventions is to eradicate or establish control of disease with the ultimate purpose of prolonging survival or providing a framework for effective palliative care prior to the development of advanced disease.Numerous malignancies, such as lung, gastroesophageal, and colorectal cancers, have well‐established post‐operative surveillance recommendations to guide the clinician and facilitate an early diagnosis of tumor recurrence. The challenge in developing such guidelines however lies in the diversity of the tumor biology and behavior of these
Journal of Surgical Oncology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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