Guidelines for the Investigation of Patients With Symptoms Suggestive of Colorectal Cancer

This is a clinical practice guideline for adult patients in primary care settings or emergency departments who have signs and symptoms suggestive of colorectal cancer (CRC). The guideline examines how to define expectations for primary care providers (PCPs), endoscopists, and radiologists regarding the appropriate work up of patients who have symptoms suggestive of colorectal cancer, and outlines the communication expectations between PCPs, endoscopists, radiologists, and other health care providers and patients. Outcomes of interest include effective communication, as well as early and accurate diagnoses.