NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Colon Cancer, Version 1.2014
Who should read this book?
This book is about treatment for
adenocarcinoma of the colon. It does not
discuss rectal cancer. Patients and those who
support them—caregivers, family, and friends—
may find this book helpful. It may help you
discuss and decide with your doctors what care
is best. As you read through this book, you may
find it helpful to make a list of questions to ask
Where should I start
Starting with Part 1 may be helpful for many
people. It explains what colon cancer is. Parts
2 and 3 cover cancer staging and tests that
help doctors plan treatment. An overview of
treatments used for colon cancer is presented in
Part 4. Parts 5 through 7 are treatment guides.
Part 5 presents treatment options for when you
are first diagnosed with colon cancer. Part 6
presents options for if the cancer returns after
prior treatment. Part 7 lists treatment pathways
for colon cancers that can’t be treated with
surgery. Part 8 offers some helpful tips on
getting the best care.
Does the whole book
apply to me?
There is important information in this book for
many situations. Thus, you will likely not get
every test and treatment listed. Your treatment
team can point out what applies to you and give
you more information.
The recommendations in this book include what
NCCN experts feel is the most useful based on
science and their experience. However, these
recommendations may not be right for you. Your
doctors may suggest other tests or treatments
based on your health and other factors. If
your treatment team suggests other tests or
treatments, feel free to ask them why.
Making sense of medical
In this book, many medical words are included
that describe cancer, tests, and treatments.
These are words that you will likely hear from
your treatment team. Most of the information
may be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading
and review the information. Don’t b
e shy to a
your treatment team to explain a word or phrase
that you do not understand.
Words that you may not know are defined in the
text or in the
. Words in the
are underlined when first used on a page.
Acronyms are also defined when first used
and in the
. Acronyms are words
formed from the first letters of other words.
One example is FAP for
How to use this book