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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Colon Cancer, Version 1.2017




A medical history is a report of all health events

in your lifetime. It will include questions about

your family’s health to help assess if you have

a syndrome related to colon cancer. Such

syndromes include Lynch syndrome and FAP.



Your doctor will examine your body for signs of

disease. He or she will touch parts of your body

to see if anything feels abnormal.



Blood tests may be done to look for signs of

cancer spread to distant sites.



Imaging tests allow your doctor to see how far

the cancer has spread without cutting into your




A needle biopsy may be done to test for cancer

in distant sites.



Molecular testing for MSI or missing MMR

proteins is advised for all colon cancers. Testing

for mutated




, and


genes is

advised for metastatic cancer.


Treatment planning


In spite of everything I have been

through—a traumatic surgery,

potential brain damage from my

surgery, physical pain, doubt, fear,

financial uncertainty and much

more as a result of colon cancer—

all of my good days still outweigh

all of my bad days. I am here to

fight the good fight for colorectal

cancer research and awareness! We

are strong!


Survivor, Stage II