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Surveillance for Recurrence of Colorectal Cancer

Marsela Sinjari, MD1; Giada Zoccoli, MD1; Giovanni Codacci-Pisanelli, MD, PhD1
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1Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences and Biotechnology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
JAMA. 2014;311(20):2127-2128. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3398.
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To the Editor The study by Dr Primrose and colleagues1 evaluated intensive follow-up strategies in patients with colorectal cancer. This subject deserves specific attention considering that surgical resection is now possible in metastatic disease, especially when metastases are localized to the liver or lungs.

We were surprised by the 15% overall death rate of patients with Dukes A (stage I) disease at 5 years, similar to the observed results for patients with Dukes B (stage II) disease (eFigure 2 in the article). Can the authors comment on this?


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May 28, 2014
John N. Primrose, MD, FRCS; David Mant, FRCGP, FRCP
1University of Southampton, Southampton, England
2University of Oxford, Oxford, England
JAMA. 2014;311(20):2128. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3417.
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