My suggestion is that an emphasis on "Day 1" recommendations and actions or as close as possible be made. For this is where people are losing options, robbed of comfort and years of their future.
It actually would be best if we could convince a medical group, like the (diagnosing) gastroenterologists, if not ASCO, to participate on this, as either an optional or research protocol on the bloodwork, cimetidine, vitamin D, and other outright nutrient deficiencies. Or at least get out of the way of patient requests.
It would be nice to recreate, consolidate, expand the old Life Extension articles with other oncological information into a single "read me", for here.
The first "to do" would ideally be a "first aid kit" at the gastroenterologist's office - a big whopping set of blood tests, Initial Recommended Blood Tests
, and then some directly observed oral tx chemistry - "take this now" and "take this home" with several days supply, if no contraindications.
The second to do might be, after the blood tests are in, call some phone number(s) and some specialized recommendations for oral neoadjuvant support.
The third to do would be to get a month's supplies for until close to first major treatments with surgery, radiation and/or some kind of chemo.
Bloodwise, I not only think we should exhaust the common lab tests and markers I've mentioned before, but that it is probably highly desirable to get a liquid biopsy on the first day, too if an aggressive neoadjuvant chemistry (or radiation) is used.
Without a thorough, 1-2-3 initial punch, many cross supporting opportunities are lost, forever.
My views are most aimed at colon cancer because of the radiation treatment of RC patients, even though they would probably be about the same without radiation (as the Japanese developed their RC treatments into 2000s, at least)
An advanced bloodwork is scientifically most thorough and useful, at Day 1; Day before 1st treatment (surgery, chemo, radiation) if more than ~2 weeks; 4-7 days after surgery; and some weeks later.