What to Do after a Colon Cancer Diagnosis

What should I do after a colon cancer diagnosis?

colon cancer diagnosisHave questions after your colon cancer diagnosis? You’re not alone. It can be a confusing time, but you need to make sure you have all the information you need. Talk with your doctor about what you need to do to prepare for your treatment. Robin McGee, author of “The Cancer Olympics,” offers some great advice for newly diagnosed colon cancer patients in this video.

To learn more advice for newly diagnosed colon cancer patients watch “What Newly Diagnosed Colon Cancer Patients Need to Know” with Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz.

Video Transcripts

Robin McGee: The main thing to start with when you have been newly diagnosed with colorectal cancer is to acknowledge that it is a very scary, very overwhelming experience. Certainly, I encountered it that way and when my counterparts described the same thing and that it can often happen that when you are in that kind of a state, you do not want more information, the information that you get is overwhelming, it is intimidating, you learn about this long-long process that you have to go through and many people sort of shut down and say, I don’t want to know, I don’t want information but they take-home point I would like people to hear today is the informed patient is a safer patient and while it is fine to read at your own pace and take an information when you can when you are ready to hear it that being informed will enable you to be better prepared and it is going to improve your outcome and your quality of life, so saying all that, there are many websites, there are many books out there that can give us guidance around what is coming. It is to your advantage to look at those and in some cases, families will say, okay the patient themselves is too overwhelmed to read those but perhaps their spouse can, perhaps their children can, so that is some direction there is to acquire all the information that you can about the cancer itself and what the treatments involved.

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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