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Know Your Options for Treating Colorectal Cancer

Treatment options and recommendations for colorectal cancer depend on several factors, includ­ing the type and stage of cancer, possible side effects, and your preferences and overall health. The following treatments are the standard of care for colorectal cancer. When making treatment plan decisions, you might also consider taking part in a clinical trial.

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Colorectal Cancer Survivors Face Increased Risk of Developing Subsequent Cancers of Different Types

Colorectal cancer survivors face an increased risk of developing subsequent cancers, particularly second colorectal cancers and small intestinal cancers. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The findings may help in the development of screening guidelines for patients with a history of colorectal cancer.

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Cancer from a Comedian’s Point of View

by John David Sidley

When I first found out I was going to get chemotherapy, I went out and got my head shaved, figuring I was going to beat them to the punch. Then I found out the drugs I was going to take didn’t have that side effect. Hey! Tell a guy!

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Managing the Impact of Colorectal Cancer Surgery

Immediate and long-term compli­cations that occur after surgical treatment for colorectal cancer can include pain, infection, scarring, adhesions, and fecal incontinence. Managing an ostomy may also be a new part of your life after surgery.

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Surviving – Even Thriving – with an Ostomy

by Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN

Coping with a cancer diagnosis is a huge challenge for anyone – but if your cancer involved the bladder, rectum, or cervix, you may also be coping with an ostomy. An ostomy is an opening on the abdominal wall that provides for elimination of stool or urine. A person with an ostomy must wear a pouch to collect the stool or urine.

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Advances in Colorectal Cancer Research, Treatment and Prevention

The National Cancer Institute has published Colorectal Cancer Advances In Focus, a fact sheet collection designed to highlight the remarkable progress made in prostate cancer research, treatment, supportive care, survivorship, screening, prevention, and genetics since the National Cancer Act was signed into law in 1971. The fact sheet shows the progress made during the past 3 ½ decades against prostate cancer. The ultimate goal of reducing the burden of cancer in the USA and worldwide can only be accomplished through a strong commitment to further research.

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Summertime Tips for People with Ostomies

by Jan Colwell, RN, MS, CWOCN, FAAN

As summer sets in, the weather becomes warmer, the sun a bit hotter, and we may look forward to participation in sports, such as swimming, cycling, tennis, and traveling. However, people with ostomies may have some concerns about participating in summer activities. Some people may worry that the pouch seal may become compromised when they sweat or are physically active. You may need to make some minor changes to ensure that your pouch seal will remain intact, but having an ostomy should not prevent you from participating in the summer activities you enjoy.

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Knocking Out the Side Effects of Colorectal Cancer Treatment

by Laura D. Porter, MD

In January 2003, I was 42 and completing my first year of my pediatric residency. My life was extremely busy; I was working 80 to 120 hours a week. When I first complained of being tired, it was attributed to my age and work schedule. Over the next eight months, my symptoms worsened; I became anemic and had blood in my stool.

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