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Notification of publication: Clinical practice guidelines for surveillance colonoscopy

Posted: 26th of March, 2019

This is a notification to announce the publication of Clinical practice guidelines for surveillance colonoscopy. These clinical practice guidelines are a revision and update of the 2011 guidelines.

The guideline is published as an online resource on the Cancer Council Australia cancer wiki site. The guideline is accessible via the following link: https://wiki.cancer.org.au/australia/Guidelines:Colorectal_cancer/Colonoscopy_surveillance

Information about the guidelines

The guidelines update was commissioned and funded by the Department of Health Commonwealth of Australia, and it has been overseen by a multidisciplinary working party with input from subcommittees.

The guideline recommendations were approved by the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on 07 Dec 2018 under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. A short-form summary of the guidance will be made available in downloadable PDF format in due course.

These guidelines aim to provide information and recommendations to guide practice across the continuum of cancer care. They focus on the appropriate use of colonoscopy in colorectal cancer prevention and address three main questions:

  • when to repeat colonoscopy after removal of adenomatous polyps?
  • when to repeat colonoscopy after curative resection for colorectal cancer?
  • when to perform colonoscopy in those patients with inflammatory bowel disease, who have an increased risk of developing CRC?

Systematic reviews and modelling were performed to answer the clinical questions.

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