Next Steps After a Colon Cancer Diagnosis

Anyone who is given a colon cancer diagnosis finds their world has turned upside down in one minute. Fear, anxiety, and a thousand other emotions hit all at once. After the initial shock settles in, now you need to think clearly and figure out the next steps after a colon cancer diagnosis.

Start With Questions and Expect Answers

Write down every single question you can think of and don’t be shy. Ask about the stage of your cancer, whether it has spread to other parts of the body, and what the chances are for recovery after treatment.

Find out what treatments our board-certified oncologists are recommending, how many, when they will start, and how long they will take. Ask about how the treatments will affect you and all the side effects to expect.

Getting these initial facts, and others should help to steady your nerves as you get some definitive answers.

Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion.

Do Your Due Diligence

If you come across something you don’t understand, first research it online and then bring it up at your next meeting with our oncologist. Patients no longer need to be passive with their health care. Understand what is going on and the consequences.

Choose the Best Doctor

If you have a good relationship with your primary doctor, ask for a referral. Look at your options, check their online websites, patient reviews, and their experience, especially with your type of cancer.

When you meet our oncologists, be sure to make sure they fit your personality and take note of how well they listen and communicate.

Our board-certified oncologists have great experience providing patients with the highest quality of care throughout New Jersey.

Get a Treatment Plan Defined

There are many treatments and therapies available for colon or rectal cancer. Make sure you understand what is going to happen and in what order.

Our doctors may suggest:

  • Chemotherapy – intravenous or oral drugs to kill cancer cells
  • Immunotherapy – medications using the body’s immune system to fight cancer
  • Radiation therapy – radiation focused on one part of the body to kill cancer cells
  • Radiofrequency ablation – high-energy radio waves to kill tumors
  • Surgery – to remove cancer that has spread
  • Targeted therapy – drugs targeted to kill colon cancer cells because they have a specific genetic mutation

Once you know what to expect you can plan better for job responsibilities, time off, your family, and find the support of friends and family.

Ask for What You Need

Family and friends are waiting to help, so let them support you.

Seek out support groups.

Arrange rides to appointments.

Have a friend or family member sit in on doctor appointments with you. Contact our board-certified oncologists by requesting an appointment online with any questions or concerns about your diagnosis or treatment plan.