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Getting the News About Cancer: What to Do

Dr. Heather Yeo Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian

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.

Take notes

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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Dr. Heather Yeo is a medical advisor to SurvivorNet. She is board-certified in general surgery, colon and rectal surgery, and complex general surgical oncology. She is an assistant professor of Surgery and Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College and assistant attending surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Read More

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Dr. Ophira Ginsburg
NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center

Dr. Ophira Ginsburg

NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center