Mar 09, 2013 - 2:13 am
Well, given the week that I have had, I finally broke down and registered with NCCn to read guidelines. If I am reading this correctly, scans are NOT part of the accepted protocol for surveillance for stage 1-2 anal cancer. It appears that what is recommended is DRE and anascope every 3 - 6 months for 5 years. So, given that those are the guidlines, I have to wonder why so many here are getting scans so frequently? Recent studies have shown that repeated scans pose a greater cancer risk than had been expected. My doctors have not done scans for follow up of this cancer. I had been questioning that. Hard to argue with the NCCN guidelines.