There are a few basic things you can do to help manage the process when you first learn of your colon cancer diagnosis. Dr. Heather Yeo, a colorectal surgeon at Weill Cornell and an advisor to SurvivorNet, has these tips for patients:
Have someone come with you to the doctor
It is important to bring a close friend or family member not only to support you, but also to help you understand and digest all the information.
Writing down what you hear can help you focus and create a record of the information so you can refer to it later on.
Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion
Your doctor won’t be offended if you get a second opinion. It is extremely important to go through the process with a doctor you trust.
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About 10 percent of colon cancers develop because of an inherited genetic mutation. The major sub-types of hereditary colon cancer are called familial adenomatous polyposis – or FAP – and Lynch Syndrome.
Genetic Disorders in Colon Cancer: FAP