Pocket Guide to IBD, Second Edition

Marla Dubinsky, MD; Sonia Friedman, MD

Chapter 19: Colorectal Cancer (continued)

David T. Rubin, MD, FACG, AGAF

Patients with chronic IBD of the colon or rectum have an increased risk for colorectal cancer (CRC). Although this is a rare complication of IBD, the morbidity and mortality associated with this complication have been well described, and prevention strategies have been developed. The patient newly diagnosed with IBD is faced with a bewildering array of emotional and physical problems; learning that this disease may also cause bowel cancer invariably causes anxiety and fear. These feelings should be addressed by the health care provider and may be ameliorated by helping the patient understand…