Society of Surgical Oncology

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Released July 12, 2016

Don’t perform routine PET-CT in the initial staging of localized colon or rectal cancer or as part of routine surveillance for patients who have been curatively treated for colon or rectal cancer.

A CT of the chest, abdomen and pelvis with IV and PO contrast provides excellent staging and standard PET imaging does not significantly improve diagnostic accuracy or outcomes as part of the initial workup or surveillance testing. Use of PET does not eliminate the need for recommended staging CT with IV and PO contrast but does increase costs.


How The List Was Created

The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) maintains disease site workgroups (DSWGs) to represent the various disease sites associated with surgical oncology.

The DSWGs are comprised of experts in the following disease sites: gastrointestinal, melanoma/sarcoma, breast, hepatobiliary, endocrine/head & neck and colorectal. The SSO Quality Committee initiated the Choosing Wisely measure development process by asking the DSWGs to identify tests or procedures commonly used in their respective areas of expertise whose necessity should be questioned and discussed. The Quality Committee received submissions from all six disease sites; however, because the list was limited to five measures, the Committee felt it was precluded from incorporating measures representing all disease sites. As a means of refining the list of Choosing Wisely measures, the Quality Committee elected to include the five measures impacting the largest number of patients. The draft list was reduced significantly – eliminating the endocrine, hepatobiliary, and sarcoma measures. The five measures were selected from the breast, colorectal and melanoma sets. These five measures were submitted to and approved by the SSO Executive Council.

Quality Committee Members

  • Sandra Wong, MD, MS, Chair
  • David Shibata, MD, Vice Chair
  • Dave Bentrem, MD
  • Ned Carp, MD
  • Fabian Johnston, MD, MHS
  • Tari King, MD
  • Larissa Temple, MD
  • Sharon Weber, MD

Sources

Colon Cancer. Version 2.2106. Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology [Internet]. Fort Washington (PA): National Comprehensive Cancer Network. [cited 2016 May 27]. Available from: https://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/colon.pdf.

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Balthazar EJ, Megibow AJ, Hulnick D, Naidich DP. Carcinoma of the colon: detection and preoperative staging by CT. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1988 Feb;150(2):301-6.

Cipe G, Ergul N, Hasbahceci M, Firat D, Bozkurt S, Memmi N, Karatepe O, Muslumanoglu M. Routine use of positron-emission tomography/computed tomography for staging of primary colorectal cancer: does it affect clinical management? World J Surg Oncol. 2013 Feb 27;11:49.