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Checking for rectal masses – recent cases of delayed bowel cancer diagnosis

The surgical team at Whakatane Hospital have made us aware that over the last few weeks there have been two cases where patients have had palpable rectal masses which have not been documented in the colonoscopy referral.

This led to significant delay in the diagnosis of bowel cancer.

It is vitally important that patients have rectal examination prior to referral. If an abnormal rectal mass is palpable, the patient will be seen on a very rapid basis.

Many thanks on behalf of the surgical department at Whakatane.


Last updated : Thursday, August 30, 2018

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