If you or someone you care about has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer there are two things you should know:
You are not alone! Whether you are looking for information, answers, support or ways to help yourself and others, The David Omenukor Foundation is here to help you.
Colon cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer! When detected early, as many as 95% of colorectal cancers can be cured. Thanks to significant advances in treatment, even those with advanced stages of the disease have a much better chance of survival than just a few years ago.
To improve your chances of fully recovering from this disease, you need to be:
Knowledge is power. Being informed about colon cancer and your personal health situation enables you to make better decisions and to participate in your own care more fully. The About Colon Cancer section is filled with helpful information about both colon and rectal cancer. It explains what these diseases are, their symptoms, how they progress, and who is at risk. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions, examples of misleading myths and misinformation, and links to other sources of reliable information.
Understanding colon cancer is important, but each case is unique. That is why it is equally important to talk with your doctor and other caregivers about your personal health situation. Share your concerns, take notes and don't be afraid to ask questions. Like Susie's Cause, your caregivers are there to help you.
Take charge, and take action right now to ensure that you find the best doctors and the best care possible. Learn what you can do to keep your body strong and to enhance its ability to tolerate treatment and fight back against this disease, then do your best to incorporate these activities into your daily routine. You have the power to make a difference in your health!
Under Resources you will find a wealth of information to help you find the professional care you need. For insights into how nutrition and lifestyle can support your health before, during and after treatment, visit Health and Prevention. The Complementary and Psychological treatment pages explain how complimentary medical practices may enhance traditional treatment options and offer information to support your mental and emotional well being—key elements of a successful treatment plan.
It is important to remain actively involved in your own care and also in the global fight against colon cancer. Being an active participant is empowering and ensures that everything that can be done will be done, both to restore your own health and to conquer this disease.
Being involved means staying informed and actively participating in decisions about your treatment and care. Reach out to others when you need support, and lend your support to others – both those battling the disease and those looking for ways to prevent and treat it. Taking action and feeling a part of a community counters feelings of helplessness and loneliness. But perhaps most importantly, it moves you and others like you in the direction of health and healing.
If you are in need of support or looking for a way to support others, visit Get Involved and Donate. There are many ways that you can make difference in the fight against colon cancer.
Search these databases and directories for hospitals, healthcare facilities, and physician information. Get information about services offered, treatments available, and doctor specialties to help find the right treatment center for you.
Choosing Your Treatment Team
Learn more about how to find the right treatment team when you're facing a cancer diagnosis.
Find a Cancer Hospital
Approximately 71% of all newly diagnosed cancer patients in the United States are treated in the more than 1,400 facilities that are accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation as a cancer center is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and are able to comply with established CoC standards. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program hospital or facility ensures you high-quality, comprehensive care from teams of specialists who can coordinate the best treatment options available for you.
National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Programs
The NCI Cancer Center Program supports research-oriented facilities across the nation that are known for their scientific excellence and their ability to pull together and focus many kinds of research approaches on the cancer problem. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Program has chosen more than 65 cancer centers that take part in research to help reduce cancer rates and deaths from cancer.
Find an Accredited Breast Center
The American College of Surgeons evaluates breast centers through its National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. To be approved, centers must meet strict standards for providing services, managing patients, participating in clinical trials, continuing physician education, and community outreach. Accredited centers voluntarily agree to maintain a high level of clinical care and are recertified every 3 years.
Find an Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) Member
Members of the Association of American Cancer Institutes are dedicated to eradicating cancer through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary program of cancer research, treatment, patient care, prevention, education and community outreach. Visit the AACI Cancer Institute Web site for more information on its member institutions and hospitals.
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