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Colon Cancer; Questions to Ask.

Review the following 'Questions To Ask' about colon cancer so you're prepared to discuss this important health issue with your health care professional.

What causes colorectal cancer?

How can I reduce my risk for colorectal cancer?

What are the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer?

What exams or tests will you do during my regular physical to screen for colorectal cancer?

If I have colon cancer, what tests will you perform to find out what type of cancer I have?

What is the "stage" of my cancer? What does that mean? What does it tell me about how severe my cancer is?

Will treatment be needed before I have surgery?

How long will I be in the hospital?

If I'm in pain, what medication will you give me to make me feel better?

Will I need more treatment after surgery?

If I need chemotherapy after surgery, how soon after my surgery would I start?

What kind of chemotherapy is used for colon cancer?

When is radiation therapy used for colon cancer?

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"FDA Approves Erbitux for Colorectal Cancer." FDA Newsletter. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. February 12, 2004. http://www.fda.gov. Accessed September 9, 2004.

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"Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Colon Cancer" American Cancer Society. June 4, 2003. http://www.cancer.org. Accessed September 9, 2004.

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Keywords: colon cancer, colorectal cancer, surgery, chemotherapy
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