Colon cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide. By early detection and removal of polyps (precursors of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer), GI-cancer is often preventable. This can be done by using an endoscope to look at the intestines from the inside.
Part I focuses on all patients who may develop colon cancer. There we see, among other things, that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in polyps detection leads to relatively many keyhole examinations in which ≥1 polyp was found. But it proved difficult to classify polyps as benign or malignant during a endoscopic examination.
Part II focuses on a group with an inherited predisposition to colon cancer: FAP syndrome-patients. Proper assessment by a pathologist of microscopic tissue is crucial for them. We saw that diagnoses in hospitals that frequently assess this tissue match more often than in hospitals where this tissue is rarely assessed.
Elsa Soons (1991) obtained her Master's degree in Medicine at the Utrecht University in 2017. Following her studies, she started her PhD research at the department of gastroenterology and hepatology of Radboudumc. She is currently working as a family physician in training at AmsterdamUMC, location AMC.