Routine colonoscopy of little benefit in metastatic cancer

09/3/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Metastatic cancer patients whose primary cancer site is unknown should not get routine colonoscopies if there are no clinical indications for the screening, Yale University researchers reported. A study of 160 patients found just 1% were diagnosed with a primary colon tumor during a colonoscopy. ACG fellow Dr. Charles Kahi commented it is not uncommon for gastroenterologists to be asked to perform endoscopic procedures on these patients but added doing so is "neither clinically or financially sound."

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