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Timely Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer

  • Louise Olsson
  • Provides a clear up-to-date account of the current practices in colorectal cancer diagnosis

  • Reviews both the practical and psychological aspects of colorectal cancer diagnosis

  • Provides an excellent example of how many aspects of the chain-of-care need to be considered to achieve an overall improvement in cancer diagnosis.


About this book


This book summarizes current knowledge and outlines directions for the future on how to improve the art of diagnosing colorectal cancer with emphasis on timeliness, one of the most vital issues in cancer management. Using a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach, it provides an overview of decisive factors in timely diagnosis of colorectal cancer from symptom scores and symptom awareness to technical aspects.  

The book starts by discussing early diagnosis from the perspective of patients, including the importance of awareness in the general population as well as psychological aspects. It then goes on to discuss issues of importance to clinicians, such as fast tracking, laboratory testing, improving technical skills and optimizing endoscopy services.  In addition, more practical issues such as cost-effectiveness and auditing are also extensively discussed. By focusing on one specific but common form of cancer the content translates well across the scope of other cancer types and can be used by professionals working on different cancer types.

This book provides clinicians, clinical researchers and policymakers with a comprehensive overview of the field of timeliness in diagnosing colorectal cancer. By addressing the challenges posed in the management of symptomatic patients it informs and educates the experts and could help improve diagnosis.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Louise Olsson
    • 1
  1. 1.Karolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden

About the editors

Louise Olsson
Associate Professor of Surgery at Karolinska Institutet.
Consultant colorectal surgeon
Clinical conductor of project involvning ctDNA in colorectal cancer.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Timely Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer
  • Editors Louise Olsson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-65285-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87992-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-65286-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 119
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Oncology
    Public Health
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Oncology & Hematology


“The audience includes every professional from researchers to healthcare providers. Written by experts in the field, the book meets the needs of its intended audience. This well-organized book covers the diagnosis of colorectal cancer, from early recognition to the use of algorithmic analysis with different clinical and laboratory tests used to diagnose the disease. … This is a good addition to the literature on colorectal cancer and the importance of a timely diagnosis.” (Henrique Jose Fernandez, Doody's Book Reviews, April, 2018)