Why Should Colon Cancer Patients Consider Getting a Genetic Assessment?

Why colon cancer patients should consider getting a genetic assessment

1849020403Colon cancer is a very heritable disease. Chances are, if you have been diagnosed, your children are at an increased risk.

If there is one thing you can give your family during this time, it is peace of mind and safety.

Robin McGee has been there. She was diagnosed with colon cancer, after being misdiagnosed several times.

The last thing she wanted was for her family to hang in the balance like she did.

For more on why colon cancer patients should consider getting genetic counseling, watch Robin McGee in the video below:

Robin McGee:  If it should be that you have many people in your family who have a diagnosis of colorectal cancer or endometrial cancers, you may consider a genetic assessment where I confirm genetic assessment takes years to get in and not every place is like that but what I wanted was to get on that list as soon as possible, so many healthcare providers think, oh you don’t, we will talk about that with you after your treatments are all over and you don’t need to think about genetics, the genetic risk in your family just now. 

You have got enough to think about but important fact many people think, if there is one thing I can give my family, I am going to give them safety and if in fact, we as a family have a heritable condition which requires very easy endoscopy and tighter surveillance in my family, if this is what I can give, I am giving it, so many people are very upset and frightened of the thought that they might have a genetic disease that they have somehow passed onto their kids but it is so much better to know than not know, and that your children will be safer, your siblings will be safer to know, so get yourself on those lists as soon as possible.

Robin McGee
Dr. Robin McGee is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, mother, wife, educator and friend. Living in Port Williams, Nova Scotia, she has been a dedicated clinician in health and education settings for over 25 years. Since entering remission, she has been very active in patient advocacy, serving as the patient representative on several provincial and national initiatives aimed at improving standards of cancer care.‏ Her book "The Cancer Olympics" details her journey with colon cancer, her search for justice with the College of Physicians, and her advocacy for fair drug policy with her government.

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