How to talk to your doctor about colon cancer
A colon cancer diagnosis causes some people to feel embarrassed. But don’t let this stop you from receiving potentially lifesaving care. We understand —and every member of our team treats you with the respect you deserve.
We want you to have a good care experience, which is why we encourage you to ask questions. Voicing your questions can help understand why we are recommending tests or treatments and how they can help you get better. No subject is too small to discuss. You might want to ask your doctor about:
- Additional testing you may need to inform your diagnosis, such as determining colon cancer stage, or treatment decisions
- Cancer stage, the size of cancer and whether it has spread, and what it means for your long-term health
- Treatment options, including any clinical trials you may be eligible for
- Potential treatment side effects and therapies to lessen their impact on your daily life
- Support to help you cope with the ways colon cancer may affect your mind, body and spirit
And you are welcome to bring loved ones with you to appointments. They can help you remember important details and assist you in making care decisions.
Our team successfully treats rare and common forms of colon cancer, including:
- Adenocarcinoma occurs in the cells lining the surface of the colon. It is the most common colon cancer.
- Carcinoid tumors are slow-growing cancer that can occur in many areas but often affects the lower intestines, including the colon.
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumors form in cells lining the digestive tract. This type of colon cancer is rare.
- Lymphoma is a type of cancer affecting the immune system. It sometimes starts in the colon.