If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with Rectal Cancer, here are a few things to consider as you begin to deal with it.
Take the time you need to make decisions about treatment. Unless your doctor has told you that your situation is urgent, take some time while you and your loved ones gather the information you need to make decisions. Ask your doctor or nurse how long you can safely wait before having surgery or beginning treatment.
Become Informed. You may want to learn about Rectal Cancer and treatment options by visiting OncoLink. Also, take some time to learn about the outstanding cancer experts who specialize in all cancer types at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center
Visit OncoPilot for information on: finding an oncologist, questions to ask your doctor, second opinions, and your first visit to a specialist.
You may want to ask a loved one to go with you to your doctors' appointments and tests. This person can provide emotional support, help by taking notes at visits, and do research on your disease and treatment options.
Keep all your information, ideas, and questions organized, perhaps in a notebook. Our booklet, “Your Treatment Organizer and Journal,” can help. Keep a list of questions and concerns to discuss with your team. You'll also find tools to help you stay organized on OncoPilot.
You may hear a lot about diseases and treatments on the news and from friends and relatives. Remember–all cancers are not the same, and can be very different from one another. The treatment a friend or relative had may not be right for you.