Tips For Newly Diagnosed Colon Cancer Patients

Get some expert tips for recently diagnosed colon cancer patients from Dr. Mark Gimbel, a colorectal cancer expert and surgical oncologist.

Dr. Mark Gimbel:  So being diagnosed with colon cancer, it’s a pretty scary time for most patients.  There is a lot of misinformation out there and there is just a whole lot of information out there and most of it’s right, but what do you do with all that information.  Typically the next step is once you have a diagnosis of a colon cancer, it is two-fold.  First there are some blood work that is going to done seeing if you are losing blood from the actual tumor, seeing if you are anemic, always look at the liver function to make sure that there is no abnormal liver test because that makes sure that the tumor may have spread to the liver, then I always order a CT scan or a CAT scan on all my patients to make sure that there is no spread of disease within the abdominal cavity and also look to see if the lymph nodes are involved.  So the patient needs to be accurately staged to make sure that first, is the cancer just confined to the colon or has it spread to the lymph nodes or has it spread beyond to some other area and the abdominal cavity.

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Dr. Mark Gimbel, MD is a surgical onolcogist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. He graduated from the University of Maryland, interned at the University of Florida – Jacksonville, and completed residencies at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

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