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10 Questions to Ask the Doctor About Colon Cancer

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    Since you’ve recently been diagnosed with colon cancer, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

    1. How far has my cancer spread?
    2. What stage is my cancer?  What does that mean?
    3. How soon do I need to start treatment?
    4. Which treatments do I need? What are the side effects?
    5. Which specialists will I see? What are their roles?
    6. What is your experience in treating people with colon cancer?
    7. What are my chances for recovery after treatment?
    8. Will I need a colostomy? Will it be permanent?
    9. How often will I need checkups after treatment?
    10. What can I do to stop my cancer from coming back?

     

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    Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on March 29, 2013
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