Primary care physicians often recommend CRC tests for the elderly

Researchers at the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine on a survey of 1,266 primary care physicians who provided CRC screening recommendations based on clinical vignettes. The researchers conclude that “PCPs consider comorbidity when screening older patients for CRC and may change the screening modality from colonoscopy to FOBT. However, a sizable proportion of PCPs would recommend screening for patients with advanced cancer who would not benefit.” Oncology Nurse Advisor online/HealthDay News (6/11)