If you’ve recently been diagnosed with colon cancer, it’s important to have access to resources that can help you understand, cope, and recover from your condition. Here are Everyday Health’s top recommendations for organizations, articles, and websites that provide the information and support you may need.
Organizations Designed to Help
Colorectal Cancer Alliance www.CCAlliance.org; 877-422-2030
This organization offers information about colorectal cancer, screening and prevention, and resources for patient and family support.
Fight Colorectal Cancer www.FightColorectalCancer.org
Fight Colorectal Cancer’s goal is to advocate and fund research for the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer.
Colon Cancer Challenge www.ColonCancerChallenge.org; 914-305-6674
This New York–based nonprofit is dedicated to reducing colon cancer death rates through funding research, increasing public awareness, and educating the public about colon cancer. Find a wealth of resources and support.
Colon Cancer Coalition www.ColonCancerCoalition.org; 952-378-1237
Started by Kristin Lindquist after losing her best friend and sister to colon cancer, Colon Cancer Coalition helps educate the public and raise funds for the research and prevention of colon cancer.
Financial Assistance When You Need It
PAN Foundation www.PANFoundation.org; 866-316-7263
This organization provides grants starting at $2,800 per year for colon cancer support. You can apply online to get help with your treatment.
Cancer Care www.CancerCare.org; 866-552-6729
Cancer Care offers limited financial and copay assistance, as well as the option of having a professional oncologist social worker find you additional resources. They also have an online database that helps you find doctors and a range of assistance.
My Good Days www.MyGoodDays.org; 877-968-7233
My Good Days helps patients with a chronic medical condition get access to medication. In addition, they assist with reimbursing copays, transportation, and lodging.
Healthwell Foundation www.HealthwellFoundation.org; 800-675-8416
This foundation provides financial assistance to eligible individuals for coinsurance, copayments, health care premiums, and deductibles for medication and therapies.
Support During the Cancer Journey
Colon Cancer Support Group at Columbia University www.ColumbiaSurgery.org
This support group provides a safe place for people with colon cancer to share their stories, voice their concerns, and connect with others about their experience.
Cancer Support Community www.CancerSupportCommunity.org
Cancer Support Community has a support group that includes 177,000-plus people.
MyLifeLine Cancer Foundation www.MyLifeLine.org; 888-793-9355
MyLifeLine offers free personalized websites designed to empower cancer patients and caregivers to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration, and healing.
Colon Cancer Facts and Statistics
Medication Used to Treat Colon Cancer
- Avastin (bevacizumab)
- Braftovi (encorafenib)
- Camptosar (irinotecan hydrochloride)
- Cyramza (ramucirumab)
- Eloxatin (oxaliplatin)
- Erbitux (cetuximab)
- 5-FU (fluorouracil injection)
- Fusilev (leucovorin calcium)
- Keytruda (pembrolizumab)
- Lonsurf (trifluridine and tipiracil hydrochloride)
- Opdivo (nivolumab)
- Stivarga (regorafenib)
- Vectibix (panitumumab)
- Xeloda (capecitabine)
- Yervoy (ipilimumab)
- Zaltrap (ziv-aflibercept)
Blogs by People Coping With Colon Cancer
Colon Club www.ColonClub.com
Real patient stories of their journeys with colon cancer. Topics range from living with cancer, how to tell your children, and how to remain positive through your experience.
Adventures in Living Terminally Optimistic www.AdventuresInLivingTerminallyOptimistic.com
Tom Marsilje, who is an oncology researcher, was diagnosed with colon cancer at 40. Marsilje has remained positive throughout his diagnosis, and five years later, with Stage 4 colon cancer, he completed his first ever triathlon.
My Colon Cancer Coach www.MyColonCancerCoach.org
Danielle Ripley-Burgess is a two-time colon cancer survivor, having been diagnosed at 17 and then again at 25. Here, she offers her best advice for those who develop colon cancer at a young age.