Colon Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment and Follow-Up

This is a clinical practice guideline for adult patients diagnosed with or suspected of having colon cancer. The guideline provides recommendations on diagnostic assessment and staging, pathology, treatment, and follow-up care. The use of KRAS mutational analysis and BRAF are reviewed, and N-RAS and MSI are discussed as predictors of treatment effectiveness. Comparisons are made between chemotherapy regimes, surgical techniques, and recovery programs. Outcomes of interest include sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests, survival (progression-free, overall), surgical outcomes (mortality, complications, readmissions, hospital stay, peri-procedural morality), and quality of life.