Advice for Newly Diagnosed Colon Cancer Patients

What advice would you offer for newly diagnosed colon cancer patients?

newly diagnosed colon cancer patientsNewly diagnosed colon cancer patients may be overwhelmed by their experience. Hearing from patients that have been through similar experiences can help new patients through their journey ahead in a healthy and productive manner.  Dan Clementi was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer at age 43 in 2010.  He had a successful surgery and has remained symptom free for the last three years.  Dan offers some advice for newly diagnosed colon cancer patients in this interview.

Dan Clementi:  Some of the things I want to tell you about or some tips I want to share with you are when I was diagnosed, I went right to the computer, I started researching colon cancer, stages 1, 2, 3 and 4.  I read all those the likelihood of survival after five years, likelihood of recurrence, some of the symptoms and that absolutely just set me straight through the roof.  I mean I became afraid, scared, worried because I did not have information prior to that.

I would recommend that if you are newly diagnosed with cancer that you stick to your doctor, you don’t go on internet, you don’t start reading things because some of the stuff that you read may not be accurate, may not be true information.  So I’d stay away from the computer if I were you.

Secondly, maintain a good healthy lifestyle, you know eat right, exercise and just enjoy life.  You know, you enjoy life, you enjoy your family, enjoy your friends.  You know I relied a lot on my family, my wife, my children, I mean they kept me positive.  They give you a reason to keep going, to live.  I mean my co-workers at work were wonderful, I mean they, you know the phone calls throughout the time of recovery, when I got back to work, I mean you know, they were there to talk to me about it, talk about it, my experience.  So, I mean it was a good thing for me, I mean, it turned into something positive.

The oncotype DX test I mean, if you’re eligible for that test, I would highly recommend you take that test because it could help you with your aftercare treatment.  It could help you decide whether you need chemotherapy or you just need to monitor your blood work and possibly symptoms.  I mean, it gave me a peace of mind like I said, it is just a wonderful test, I mean, but really, you know, plug into your resources, plug into your family, co-workers and stay positive.

That is most important thing, I think, is positive mindset because with that mindset, I think you could beat anything, I mean, if you get down yourself, get depressed, I mean it just makes all the more tough for you to maintain and move forward, so just keep moving forward, stay positive.

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