Colonoscopy

Study Helps to Clarify Navigator Role in Colonoscopy Screening

Study Helps to Clarify Navigator Role in Colonoscopy Screening

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Survey data from patients receiving care at Boston Medical Center who were navigated for colonoscopy screening illustrates how patients value the services of oncology patient navigators.

Novel Colonoscopy Prep Is Poised to Improve Screening Rates for Colon Cancer

Novel Colonoscopy Prep Is Poised to Improve Screening Rates for Colon Cancer

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Novel preparation formulation is as effective and safe as current colon prep for colonoscopy. Plus, study participants gave the prep experience a high satisfaction rating.

Elderly Patients Often Not Up-to-Date on Screening for Colorectal Cancer

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Screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) is not widely used by Americans age 75 years and older, even though some patients are healthy and may benefit.

Free Colonoscopy Screening for Uninsured Patients Effectively Detects CRC Early and Is Cost Neutral

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Offering free screening colonoscopies can identify CRC earlier in uninsured patients who are at high risk for developing the disease. In addition, the program is cost neutral from the perspective of a hospital system.

Time to Follow-up Colonoscopy After Positive Colon Cancer Screening Results Varies Significantly

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The time between a positive fecal blood test result for colon cancer screening and a follow-up colonoscopy varies widely across the United States.

Rate and Cost of Gastroenterology Office Visits Before Colonoscopy for Cancer Screening

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The generally low risk of colonoscopy and the widely accepted guidelines for polyp surveillance and colon cancer screening may render precolonoscopy gastroenterology office visits unnecessary.

Measure of Outpatient Colonoscopy Quality Created

Measure of Outpatient Colonoscopy Quality Created

Fifteen variables independently associated with measure; shows variation in quality among facilities

New risk score for colorectal cancer could guide selection of screening tests

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A new risk assessment scoring system could help physicians determine which patients can forgo invasive colonoscopy for cancer screening and which patients should undergo the procedure.

Changing patient's position helps effectiveness of colonoscopy—especially on one side

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Having patients lie on their left side while examining the right side of their colon during a colonoscopy can result in more polyps being found, thus increasing the effectiveness of the screening technique.

Clinical scoring system suggests more precise colon cancer screening is possible

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A clinical scoring system for colon cancer risk could help physicians determine which patients require colonoscopies and which could be adequately screened using less invasive methods.

Colonoscopy screening may reduce CRC-related mortality

Colonoscopy screening may reduce CRC-related mortality

Patients with colorectal cancer that is detected during a colonoscopy screening are more likely to survive to longer than patients who are not diagnosed until they have symptoms.

Benefits found for screening colonoscopies of higher quality

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Higher adenoma detection rates may be associated with much lower lifetime colorectal cancer incidence and death without higher overall costs, research indicates.

Better detection rate of higher-quality colonoscopies yield patient benefits

Better detection rate of higher-quality colonoscopies yield patient benefits

Higher-quality colonoscopies, which need not be more expensive, are linked to lower colorectal cancer risk.

Higher quality colonoscopies reduce colorectal cancer incidence, mortality

Higher quality colonoscopies reduce colorectal cancer incidence, mortality

Higher adenoma detection rates from colonoscopy screenings may be associated with a lower lifetime colorectal cancer incidence.

Noninvasive colon cancer screening promising for African Americans

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A new noninvasive technology for colon cancer screening could prove promising for African-Americans, a group at higher than average risk of colon cancer.

Capsule colonoscopy an adequate alternative when traditional colonoscopy not possible

Capsule colonoscopy an adequate alternative when traditional colonoscopy not possible

In an average-risk screening population, capsule colonoscopy seems adequate for patients who cannot undergo colonoscopy or who had incomplete colonoscopies.

Strategies improve colorectal screening rates in low-income and minority populations

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A recent study examined why individuals do not always follow through with colorectal cancer screening.

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCR) aims to increase screening rates to 80% by 2018

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A new study indicates that raising the colorectal cancer screening rates to 80% by 2018 could prevent an additional 21,000 colorectal cancer deaths per year by 2030.

Repeated annual FITs may be viable alternative to colonoscopy

Repeated annual FITs may be viable alternative to colonoscopy

Annual FIT IDs all colorectal cancer, and may be equivalent to colonoscopy in detecting advanced neoplasia in first-degree relatives of patients with colorectal cancer (CRC).

Follow-up colonoscopies too frequent and overused by endoscopists

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A retrospective study has uncovered an overuse of colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening and surveillance.

Study confirms colonoscopy as the optimal screening measure for adenomas, colorectal cancer

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For the group deemed at high risk of developing colorectal cancer, fecal blood tests appear to be a more effective means of screening than colonoscopy.

Biennial CRC screening program significantly increases adenoma diagnoses

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Introducing biennial colorectal cancer screening in a region of France increased the rate of diagnosis of high-risk precancerous adenomas by 89%.

Good bowel cleansing key for high-quality colonoscopy

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Successful colonoscopy is closely dependent on good bowel preparation, and poor bowel prep often leads to missed precancerous lesions.

Flexible sigmoidoscopy screening reduces incidence and death rate for colorectal cancer

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Screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy resulted in a reduced incidence and rate of death of colorectal cancer, compared with no screening, according to a recent study.

Repeat colonoscopies not always beneficial for some patients

Repeat colonoscopies not always beneficial for some patients

Little benefit seen for repeat colonoscopy within 10 years in patients with no polyps on initial exam.

DNA-based colon cancer test backed by U.S. advisers

DNA-based colon cancer test backed by U.S. advisers

A colon cancer screening method that uses stool samples won the unanimous backing of a U.S. advisory panel, opening the way for potential regulatory approval.

DDW: Endoscopic L-menthol assists colon polyp detection

DDW: Endoscopic L-menthol assists colon polyp detection

For patients undergoing colonoscopy, L-menthol sprayed directly onto the colonic mucosa improves the adenoma detection rate, according to a study.

Steep drop in colon cancer incidence seen among older Americans

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Colon cancer incidence rates have dropped 30% in the United States in the last 10 years among adults 50 years and older, the largest decrease in people older than 65 years.

Nurses able to perform colonoscopies equally well

Nurses able to perform colonoscopies equally well

Colonoscopy quality and safety are comparable for nurse and physician endoscopy trainees, according to a study.

Colonoscopy withdrawal times linked to polyp detection rates

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Longer withdrawal times during a colonoscopy correlate with a higher rate of polyp detection, according to new research.

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