Faster, Cheaper Polyp Diagnosis

Deciding whether small colon polyps were adenomas or less dangerous hyperplastic ones can be done safely during the colonoscopy exam itself.  Avoiding the need for an additional pathology test could make diagnosis faster and less expensive. Adenomas have the potential to develop into colorectal cancer, but not all colon polyps are adenomas.  Standard procedure is to…  Read More

Gastroenterology Meeting Highlights

ACG Annual Meeting 2009 Brief Reports The American College of Gastroenterology held its Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego from October 23 – 28, 2009 in San Diego.  Research reported during the meeting included how videorecordings of colonoscopy improved quality tests, the effectiveness of a drug that reduces constipation from opiate drugs, and support for guidelines…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: August 21

In research this week Japanese surgeons report very good outcomes when lung tumors from colorectal cancer tumors can be completely removed, colonoscopies done in the morning find more polyps, and high levels of vitamin D in the blood predict better survival after colorectal cancer diagnosis. US life expectancy reached a record high in 2007 according to…  Read More

Two Colonoscopies Better at Predicting Future Polyp Risk

Results from two colonoscopies three years apart gave better information about whether a high-risk polyp would be found on a third exam than results from the second test alone. Even if a second colonoscopy, done three years after the first, showed no adenomas at all, 8 in 100 study participants with high-risk polyps on their first…  Read More

New Report Reveals Widespread Problems with Endoscopy Cleaning Procedures at VA

Even after problems were found with how endoscopes were cleaned at three Veterans Administration medical centers earlier this year, surprise inspections found that over half additional VA medical facilities visited could not demonstrate compliance with proper procedures for safely cleaning endoscopes after each use. A report revealing the extent of problems from the VA Office of…  Read More

Colonoscopy Misses Cancers in Medicare Patients

Almost six percent of Medicare patients needed surgery for colon cancer within three years after a negative colonoscopy. A sample of five percent of Medicare enrollees identified 1,567 patients with colon cancer.  Of those 89 or 5.7 percent had had a negative colonoscopy more than six months but less than three years previously.  All 89 were…  Read More