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Outcomes following polypectomy for malignant colorectal polyps are similar to those following surgery in the general population
  1. Anthony Lopez1,2,3,
  2. Anne-Marie Bouvier1,2,
  3. Valérie Jooste1,2,
  4. Vanessa Cottet1,2,
  5. Gaëlle Romain1,2,
  6. Jean Faivre1,2,4,
  7. Sylvain Manfredi1,2,4,
  8. Come Lepage1,2,4
  1. 1 Digestive Cancer Registry of Burgundy, EPICAD INSERM LNC-UMR 1231, Dijon, France
  2. 2 University of Burgundy, University of Burgundy and Franche-Comté, Dijon, France
  3. 3 Hepato Gastroenterology, University hospital of Nancy, Nancy, France
  4. 4 Hepato Gastroenterology and Digestive Oncology, University Hospital of Dijon, Dijon, France
  1. Correspondence to Professor Come Lepage, Department of Hepato Gastroenterology and Digestive Oncology, University Hospital of Dijon, Burgundy University 14, Rue Paul Gaffarel 21000, Dijon, France; come.lepage{at}


Objective Population-based studies on colorectal malignant polyps (MPs) are scarce. The aim of this study was to describe time trends in the incidence of colorectal MPs before and after the introduction of a colorectal mass-screening programmein 2003 and to assess outcomes (survival and recurrence) after endoscopic or surgical resection in patients with MPs.

Design We included 411 patients with MPs diagnosed between 1982 and 2011 in a well-defined population. Age-standardised incidence rates were calculated. Univariate and multivariate 5-year recurrence and net survival analyses were performed according to gross morphology.

Results Age-standardised incidence of MPs in patients aged 50–74 years doubled from 5.4 in 1982–2002 to 10.9 per 100 000 in 2003–2011. Pedunculated MPs were more frequently resected endoscopically (38.2%) than were sessile MPs (19.1%; p<0.001). For patients with pedunculated MPs and a pathological margin ≥1 mm, the 5 -year cumulative recurrence rate did not differ significantly between surgical and endoscopic resection (8.2% and 2.4%, respectively). For patients with sessile MPs, it was 3.0% after firs

t-line or second-line surgical resection, 8.6% after endoscopic resection and 17.9% after transanal resection (p=0.016). The recurrence rate decreased dramatically for patients with sessile MPs from 11.3% (1982–2002) to 1.2% (2003–2009) (p=0.010) and remained stable for pedunculated MPs at 4.6% and 6.7%, respectively. Five-year net survival was 81.0% when pathological margins were <1 mm and 95.6% when ≥1 mm (p=0.024).

Conclusion Outcomes following polypectomy in patients with a pathological margin ≥1 mm are similar to those following surgery in the general population. Endoscopic resection needs to be completed by surgery if pathological margins are less than 1 mm.

  • colorectal cancer
  • cancer registries

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  • Contributors All the authors contributed to the writing of the article.

  • Funding French National Public Health Institute (InVS) and French NationalCancer Institute (INCa).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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