What is a colorectal cancer patient?
A colorectal cancer patient is a person who has been diagnosed with the disease at any stage. As a patient, you need information to advocate for yourself.
Where do I begin?
As a patient, you may be faced with a lot of information to process. Give yourself time to learn new words and terms, and be good to yourself as you make your way through this new territory.
Treatment plans vary from case to case, and depend on the location of the tumor and the stage of diagnosis.
Surgery for colorectal cancer involves a surgeon removing the diseased portion of your colon and/or rectum.
Your doctor may recommend chemotherapy, radiation, or other therapies to treat the cancer.
Colostomies and ileostomies are surgically created openings in the skin of the abdomen that are connected to the small or large intestine.
Finding a clinical trial can be intimidating, but we are here to help you explore your options.
Biomarkers for colorectal cancer are used for diagnosis, progression, prognosis, and for treatment.
Whether you're newly diagnosed, in treatment, a caregiver, or a survivor, having support is essential. Our Patient and Family Support program is a useful tool for providing resources specific to the journey you're on. Remember, we're here for you every step of the way.
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