Indeterminate pulmonary nodules in rectal cancer: A recommendation for follow-up guidelines

Journal of Surgical Oncology, 04/26/2012

It is not necessary to perform excessive surveillance routinely for all rectal cancer patients who have indeterminate pulmonary lesions. Intensive follow–up chest CT or other invasive diagnostic modalities should be considered only in patients with pulmonary nodules larger than 5.7 mm or positive nodal status. In addition, patients receiving adjuvant FOLFOX4 chemotherapy should be followed–up for longer periods.

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