NCCN Guidelines for Patients™: Colon Cancer
Part 1: About these guidelines
1.4 How to use this booklet
The NCCN Guidelines for Patients™: Colon Cancer are
written to help you better understand cancer treatment.
These guidelines cover all the stages of colon cancer,
so not all of the information will apply to you. Also,
your treatment plan may differ from the guidelines
recommendations because of your health and
The guidelines have several important parts:
• In Part 2, you’ll find information about what colon
• The tests and treatments for colon cancer are
explained in Parts 3 through 6.
• Part 6 also has information about caring for
• A step-by-step treatment guide from diagnosis to after
treatment is in Part 7.
• Medical terms are defined in the text or side bar when
first used. Definitions are repeated in Part 7, and all
are listed in a Dictionary in Part 8.
• In Part 9, there are pages to help you talk with your
doctor and track your treatment.
This booklet and your doctor can help you decide which
choices best meet your medical and personal needs.
Decisions about treatment are important for your long-
term health and quality of life. Every choice has risks and
benefits. Getting enough information to make informed
decisions is an important first step.
To give you the information you need, these guidelines
cover most aspects of cancer care. Many medical terms
are included that describe cancer, tests, and treatments.
These are terms that you will likely hear your treatment
team use in the months and years ahead. 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. There is a
in Part 8
that may help you. With time, you’ll become more familiar
with the medical information in these guidelines.
Reading the guidelines in order from beginning to end
may be the most helpful. The first half of the guidelines
has basic information to help you understand the detailed
treatment guide in Part 7. As you learn about colon
cancer, you may want to create a list of questions to
ask your doctor. There is a list of suggested questions
in Part 9, but you may think of more questions to ask.