Understanding your diagnosis
Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or rectum, which are parts of the digestive system. It's the third most common cancer in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer death. But it's also one of the most treatable cancers if it's caught early enough.
Understanding all the treatment options can be overwhelming. Take your time, take notes, take a friend to help you listen at appointments.
Get help and support
A colorectal cancer diagnosis can be an emotionally challenging time. It helps to know that resources, support, and information are always available. A nation of allies is standing by ready to help you navigate your path to survivorship.
The first thing you should do is start gathering information about your diagnosis. Here are some important things to consider before choosing a treatment plan.
A colorectal cancer diagnosis can be confusing. The following questions may help you discuss your diagnosis and treatment with your healthcare providers.
When, how, and with whom you share your diagnosis is a personal decision. Here are some tips on talking about your cancer with family and friends—when you're ready.
"When you’re facing a traumatic experience, you’ve got all these things going through your head. If you try to cope with it alone, you’re going to lose the battle."
BlueHQ is your all-inclusive colorectal cancer support hub with personalized resources, tools, and communities. Find the right information to navigate your care.
Learn more about your family’s health history—it could save you or your loved one’s life.
Many patients seek financial assistance and support during and after treatment for colorectal cancer. We created this guide to help ease the burden of finding financial resources.
Learn how to communicate effectively and advocate for yourself.
Whether personally impacted by colorectal cancer (CRC), supporting a loved one, or dedicated to educating and empowering others, these downloadable and printable resources can help.
Michelle Cappel owes a lot to colorectal cancer biomarker testing — seven years of life and counting.
Don Shippey was 55 years old in 2016 when he decided he’d been putting off his colonoscopy long enough.