Published: 2021-06-25

Clinicopathological characteristics of colon cancers in a tertiary care centre

C. Deepak Yadlapalli, Kovvuri Hari Lalith Reddy, Yerraguntla S. Sarma, Samir Ranjan Nayak, Gogineni Tarun Chowdary, Muralidhar Gullipalli, Venkatesh Mushini


Background: Colon cancer is a leading cause of increase in cancer incidence and now becoming a major cause of cancer related mortality.

Methods: We evaluated data of patients diagnosed with colon cancer and managed under Aarogyasri program between 2013 and 2019 at a tertiary care cancer hospital in Rajamahenderi, Andhra Pradesh, India. We collected data regarding demography, clinical presentation, subsite, histology, stage and treatment.

Results: A total of 142 patients with colon cancer were managed. The mean age was 53.6 years with males accounting for 57%. Most common clinical presentation was abdominal pain followed by vomiting. Most common histology was well differentiated adenocarcinoma. Left sided colon tumors accounted for 47%. Most common stage at presentation was stage III.

Conclusions: Our data of colon cancer was different from that described in the western countries. Young age presentation, higher mucinous and signet ring carcinomas and advanced stage presentation were reported in our study. Socioeconomic factors, inadequate health care access might account for some of these differences.


Colon cancer, India, Aarogyasri program

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