Colorectal cancer recurrence is a substantial concern for those who have undergone and completed treatment. Recurrence means the cancer has returned, either to the colon or rectum, or it has appeared in other tissues of the body. Even after the cancer seems to have been completely removed or destroyed, other cancer cells can go undetected and begin to divide and grow. Follow-up care is critical, so that any new cancer development can be treated early, when the widest range of treatment options are available.
During follow-up visits, a physician may perform exams and lab tests, and may even order imaging scans to look for signs of colorectal cancer recurrence. It’s not uncommon for cancer to reappear after a period of remission, but why it recurs in some people and not in others remains unclear. However, physicians and other cancer experts have suggested that patients can minimize the likelihood of recurrence by making a few lifestyle changes, including:
- Eating well
- Quitting smoking
- Maintaining a healthy body weight
Moffitt Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida. We continually offer revolutionary techniques for screening, diagnosing and treating all types of colorectal cancer using a collaborative approach by bringing together specialists from a broad spectrum of disciplines to work together in providing the most well-rounded cancer treatment available. As a critical component of our program, we perform extensive research and lead innovative clinical trials to investigate new treatment strategies to prevent recurrence, as well as improve patient outcomes, reduce side effects and enhance our patients’ quality of life.