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What is the pathophysiology of the adenoma-carcinoma sequence for colorectal cancer?

mutation of tumor suppressor and proto-oncogenes --> hyperproliferative cells --> more mutations


How does a high intake of dietary fat favor carcinogenesis?

increases the hepatic secretion of cholesterol and bile acids into intestine
anything increasing transit time could increase contact w possible carcinogens


What are the six most common risk factors for the dev of colorectal cancer?

dietary factors
family hx of CRC or adenomas
previous colorectal neoplasia
genetic syndromes


What size indicates a medium malignant potential and a high malignant potential of an adenoma?

1-2 cm
>2 cm


What histology of an adenoma indicates malignant potential?

villous > tubulo-villous > tubular


What are the clinical features of adenomatous polyps?

most commonly no symptoms
sometimes occult bleeding, but uncommon
rarely large polyps can cause obstruction
rarely villous in distal can cause secretory diarrhea


What are the clinical features of colon cancer?

right vs. left side
left can have hematochezia
uncommonly bowel perf and peritonitis


What are the four diagnostic tests for diagnosis of CRC?

FOBT = fecal occult blood test
barium enema - false+ common, cheap, lesion found requires colonoscopy
colonoscopy - more prep
last two can biopsy or remove during procedure


What is the treatment for hyperplastic polyps?

remove colonoscopically - can't tell diff b/w adenomas
no regular surveillance if proves to be this


What are the treatment modalities for adenomatous polyps?

removed colonoscopically


What are the treatment modalities for carcinoma-in-situ?

if cells penetrate BM into LP but remain above muscularis mucosa = inramucosal carcinoma
endoscopic removal = curative, no lymphatics yet


What are indications for surgical resection in pts w endoscopically removed malignant polyps?

carcinoma poorly differentiated
invades veins or lymphatics
cancer w/i 2 mm of polypectomy margin
invades submucosa of BOWEL wall (not stalk)


Who is the "average risk" pt for CRC?

no "high" risk factors


What is the difference b/w screening and surveillance for CRC?

screening - test for large pop of avg risk to see who is at risk
surveillance - test w high diagnostic accuracy on ppl at high risk


What are the surveillance recommendations for ppl w first degree relatives w CRC?

colonoscopies start at 40 or 10 yrs younger than youngest family member got it
every 5 yrs instead of 10, if polyps found every 3


What are the screening recommendations for avg risk patients?

FOBT every yr
sigmoidoscopy/barium enema every 5 yrs
colonoscopy every 10 yrs


What are the extra-intestinal manifestations of FAP?

polyps in stomach and duodenum
hypertrophy of retinal pigment epithelium
brain tumors, abnormal dentition, thyroid tumors, epidermal cysts, osteomas, desmoid tumors


What is Gardner's syndrome?

triad of soft tissue tumors (epidermal cysts), osteomas and dental abnormalities in FAP


Where do extracolonic malignancies happen with HNPCC?

endometrial, ovary, uroepithelium, stomach, small bowel, hepatobiliary cancers


What are the recommendations for CRC screening in IBD?

involves entire colon - colonoscopy after 8 yrs of dz, then every 1-2 yrs after
left sided colitis or procitis only - begin after 15 yrs of dz, then yearly


What is the surveillance recommended for pts w family hx of FAP?

sigmoidoscopy every yr starting at puberty
polyposis present - recommend colectomy


What is the surveillance recommended for pts w family hx of HNPCC?

Colonoscopy every 1-2 years beginning at age 20
and yearly after age 40
EGD every 2 years
Endometrial sampling every 2 years and imaging
for ovarian and bladder cancer ever 2 years
Urinalysis and urine cytology every 2 years at age
Complete hysterectomy as soon as family complete