How does colorectal cancer affect daily life?

Learning that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, or any cancer, can be a trying experience. Luckily, there are treatment options and plenty of resources available to patients, caregivers, and family/friends. Even though treatment can be curative, the disease often recurs. Because of this, colorectal cancer survivors must undergo follow-up testing for years after successful treatment. The tests a patient undergoes and how often will depend on the type of colorectal cancer and treatment, among other factors. It is important to understand the severity of the condition and take steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 
 
  • Take care of yourself so that you're ready to fight cancer if it comes back.
  • Adjust your diet to include plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. 
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. 
  • Get enough quality sleep so that you wake feeling rested.
  • Talk with others who have been affected by colorectal cancer. They are likely familiar with some of the things you are feeling and experiencing.
 
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Sources
  • "Colon Cancer." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 23 Feb. 2016. Web. 29 June 2017. 
  • "Colon Cancer." Colon Cancer | MD Anderson Cancer Center. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, n.d. Web. 29 June 2017.

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