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MEDEROS AVILA, María Esther et al. Late diagnosis of the colon recurrent cancer in the primary health care. MEDISAN [online]. 2011, vol.15, n.2, pp.177-181. ISSN 1029-3019.

A descriptive, cross-sectional and retrospective study of 68 patients with recurrent colon cancer who attended their follow-up visits due to this cause was carried out in the "Saturnino Lora" Teaching Provincial Hospital in Santiago de Cuba, from January, 1990 to December, 2005. It was obtained that this neoplasia was generally diagnosed in advanced stages of the disease and that the first 2 years of follow up were decisive for the diagnosis of the recurrence, which may usually be reached in a late stage, so that the treatment should be palliative in most of those affected.

Keywords : recurrent colon cancer; late diagnosis; palliative treatment; secondary health care.

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