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
advised for metastatic cancer.
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
Survivor, Stage II