Increasing numbers of people are considered to be at risk of developing colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer develops over a period of several years. It is preventable, and treatable if caught in time, yet most people kw little about it or are unwilling to have the tests required for a diagsis. This concise book tells new patients everything they need to kw about the disease and its diagsis and treatment, including; Prevention techniques and warning signs; Screening tests, including virtual coloscopy; Myths and misinformation; How to find and talk to a good doctor; The importance of a positive outlook; Finding support; Treatment options: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation; Self-help and alternative methods of healing; Learning to live with an ostomy; This book contains the latest information about virtual coloscopy, a n-invasive test for colon cancer that is revolutionising diagsis. Also included are the stories of 12 colorectal cancer survivors and a Q&A in which doctors respond to the most common questions of their patients.
CAROL ANN LARSON, educator and newspaper columnist, gives presentations about colorectal cancer through the Advocates for Colorectal Education (ACE.) She is a board member and edits the newsletter for ACE, and is President-elect of the Minneapolis Chapter of the United Ostomy Association. WHEN THE TRIP CHANGES, a book about her experiences with colorectal cancer, was Carol Larson's first book. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota. KATHLEEN OGLE, MD, author of the Foreword, is the medical oncologist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis.