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Research on Doctor Error

Doctors aren't always right. They know a whole lot, but they're human and sometimes make mistakes. These studies highlight errors doctors have made while caring for colon cancer patients. Familiarizing yourself with this research may help you prevent errors in colon cancer screening and treatment. It's always nice to help someone avoid a serious mistake--especially when that someone is your doctor.
Doctors Should Take Their Time During a Colonoscopy
When there's a colonoscope threading through your colon, requesting that it stay there longer would be crazy, right? Not according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found that doctors who took the most time during a colonoscopy found more polyps than doctors who performed a colonoscopy the quickest.
Does Your Doctor Need a Check-Up?
National guidelines recommend that doctors examine a minimum of twelve lymph nodes when staging colorectal cancer. However, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that few doctors did so.
Standards of Care for Colorectal Cancer
Have you ever wondered if your doctor sampled enough lymph nodes after your surgery? Or if you waited too long to start chemo? The Commission on Cancer published a report with some answers because it provides standards of care for colorectal cancer that anyone can reference.
Study Says Subpar Treatment for Advanced Colorectal Cancer is the Norm
A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that most people with locally-advanced colorectal cancer don't receive the ideal treatment. When researchers reviewed data from about 8,000 colorectal cancer patients nationwide, they found that only 33 percent had received a multi-organ surgical resection - the treatment that had resulted in the best overall survival.
The Doctor Isn't Always Right
Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that many doctors recommend a less-accurate in-office test rather than the recommended (more accurate) take-home test for colorectal cancer.
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