Suspected or Confirmed Colorectal Cancer

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

All referrals should comply to the referral standards and include:

  • Signs or symptoms suggestive of colorectal cancer
  • Palpable mass
  • Suspicious bleeding or definite change in bowel habit

Vague lower abdominal pain should be worked up as per gastroenterology guidelines for abdominal pain.

Tests

  • FBE
  • LFTs
  • CEA
  • CT scan of chest, abdomen and pelvis
  • Biopsy result if available
  • Colonoscopy or barium enema result if available
  • FOB if available

Referral process: Contact Specialist Clinics by phone prior to faxing referral on patients with confirmed cancer.

Interim/GP management

To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Colorectal Surgery clinic page for the full referral process and templates.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Urgent / category 1

Confirmed colorectal cancer

Strongly suspected colorectal cancer

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.

Emergency:

Emergency patient should be sent directly to the Emergency Department.
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489

Urgent:

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent:
Routine: