What Newly Diagnosed Colon Cancer Patients Need to Know

What do newly diagnosed colon cancer patients need to know?

newly diagnosed colon cancer patientsA colon cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event will catch anyone by surprise. Newly diagnosed colon cancer patients may not know what their next step is, or what options may be available to them. Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz of The Wunder Project offers some advice for newly diagnosed colon cancer patients in this short interview.

There are a number of breakthroughs that are changing cancer treatments in many different ways. It is important for newly diagnosed colon cancer patients to have access to the best treatment options available. Dr. Lenz recommends newly diagnosed colon cancer patients get a second opinion and involve their whole family when seeking treatment options. This will help to ensure they have access to the best treatments available.

Heinz-Josef Lenz, MD: It is absolutely important for newly diagnosed colon cancer patients to make sure they have access to the best clinical information and the best centers available. I think in the United States, we are extremely lucky that we have a large network of comprehensive cancer centers. These are resources, not only for new treatments, but also resources with patient support groups, dietary implementation, and actually orthomolecular testing.

We are living in a molecular revolution right now and it is absolutely important to make sure that you have access to the best genetic case testing to make sure you have the best treatment options as well as a support system which helps you psychologically, socially as well as nutritionally to be in the best shape to guarantee the best outcome. And again, even then tumors have been metastasized to the liver or the lung, there may be a chance of cure for this disease.

The best treatment options can guarantee or open up a window of opportunity of cure. Make sure, you get a second opinion, you involve your whole family to search for treatment options to allow you access to the best treatments available.

Heinz-Josef Lenz
Heinz-Josef Lenz, M.D., FACP, is the Associate Director for Clinical Research and Co-Leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancers Program at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Lenz is Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Section Head of GI Oncology in the Division of Medical Oncology and Co-Director of the Colorectal Center at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.


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