What are the Next Steps After a Colon Cancer Diagnosis?

Taking the Next Steps After a Colon Cancer Diagnosis

Next Steps After a Colon Cancer DiagnosisReceiving a cancer diagnosis is an overwhelming experience. There is a lot of new information to remember and process. Many patients may find themselves wondering what’s next.

Dr. Mark Gimbel specializes in treating colon cancer. He discusses the next steps after a colon cancer diagnosis in this video. It is important to stay informed along your treatment path. Ask your doctor questions about your disease and treatment to better understand the process.

Video Transcripts

Mark Gimbel, MD: Getting diagnosed with colon cancer is a pretty scary process. It opens up a whole bunch of new doors to say where do I go next? There needs to be a stepwise fashion in how we attack colon cancer to say, what’s the next step, what’s the first door that I open up. The first thing to do when you are diagnosed with colon cancer is to make sure that the cancer hasn’t spread elsewhere. The typical test that we would use to identify if the colon cancer has spread would be a CT scan. The CT scan is a radiographic image that looks inside the abdomen to see if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, the liver we can even look at the lungs and other organs as well to see if it has spread beyond.

If the cancer has not spread beyond and it’s just confined to the colon, the next step in the treatment would be to remove the cancer because the intent of treatment is to cure. If the tumor is involved into the lymph nodes that we can see on the CT scan that may you might need chemotherapy. If the tumor on the CT scan is seen to have spread to other organs or then chemotherapy is going to be the primary treatment option the next door that we open up versus surgery, but it doesn’t rule out having surgery in the future.

Mark Gimbel
Dr.Gimbel graduated from the University of Maryland, and then had an internship at the University of Florida, Jacksonville and residencies at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He spent two years doing a surgical residency fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York and completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

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