Patients who received a diagnosis of colorectal cancer and who underwent a percutaneous coronary intervention represent a unique population with competing goals for timing of surgical care. The 2014 guidelines on perioperative management1 recommend delaying elective surgery for 30 days for bare metal stents and for 6 months to 1 year for drug-eluting stents. The current literature presents conflicting results regarding whether delay in the surgical treatment of colorectal cancer affects outcomes.2,3 We sought to determine whether the presence of a coronary stent affected the timing of colorectal cancer resection and the postoperative outcomes.
Killian JT, Holcomb CN, Graham LA, Richman JS, Hawn MT. Delays in Surgery for Patients With Coronary Stents Placed After Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer. JAMA Surg. 2016;151(1):86-88. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.3130