“When it comes to the treatment of your case, be a player, not the puck.”

In other words, become an active member of your cancer care team. When fighting a disease as aggressive as colorectal cancer, the additional distress of navigating the healthcare system and being passed from doctor to doctor can take its toll on your emotional wellbeing. Become a player. Educate yourself so that you can interact with the many brilliant physicians and nurses you’ll meet in the ‘rink’.

The CCAC takes the stance that a well-informed patient is a well-coping patient, and we take pride in directing you to the vital psychosocial assistance and technical background information you may need when facing a diagnosis or when embarking on a new treatment journey.

Just a few ideas:

  • Know the language. The CCAC operates a Glossary of Terms that you may find useful, especially when reading medical journal articles or news posted on our site.
  • Consult the Physician Questions section of the CCAC site- you’ll find that it’s a valuable resource from diagnosis to treatment to recovery. Arrive at your oncology appointment armed with a list of queries and topics to discuss- questions like how your sexual relations may be affected by a certain treatment, or even whether the doctor would be willing to assist you in seeking a second opinion. No question is to small.
  • Reach out to a Cancer Coach. In addition to providing emotional support and being knowledgeable about methods for coping with distress, a CCAC Cancer Coach can direct you to the information you need if you’re overwhelmed by technical terms or the abundance of research on the subject. Many of our Cancer Coaches are themselves survivors of colorectal cancer.

Deep in the heart of NHL playoff season, we were thrilled to hear these words of wisdom from one of our Cancer Coaches! Not only because hockey is our national pastime (and great source of exercise!), but because the analogy captures the concept of teamwork vital to cancer patient care. In your journey with colorectal cancer, your expertise (and faith) in yourself is every bit as important as the input from your surgical oncologist, medical oncologist, interventional radiologist or nurse navigator.

Join the team!