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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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Colorectal Cancer Treatment Update

Colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in both men and women. The importance of colorectal cancer screening has made headlines for many years, raising awareness and leading to higher rates of colonoscopies from 2000 through 2008. This increase in screening levels has played a significant role in decreasing colorectal cancer mortality. Along with screening, advances in colorectal cancer treatment have played a pivotal role in reducing mortality rates.

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Adapting to Life with an Ostomy

by Molly Pierce RN, ET, CWOCN

Survivors of colon cancer may have a portion of their colon or their rectum removed, resulting in an ostomy. How the ostomy is made determines the name of it.

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Nutrition Guide for People with Ostomies

by Kathy B. Glazer, MS, RD, LD

As a cancer survivor, registered dietitian, and cancer caregiver, I happen to know a lot about nutrition for people with ostomies, personally and professionally. It has been five years since my husband had colorectal cancer and a subsequent ostomy. Here are some things I’ve learned.

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What You Need to Know about Colorectal Cancer Treatment

The choice of treatment for colorectal cancer depends mainly on the location of the tumor in the colon or rectum and the stage of the disease. Treatment for colorectal cancer may involve surgery, chemotherapy, biological therapy, or radiation therapy. Some people have a combination of treatments.

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The Basics of Ostomy Care

by Linda Woodward RN, BSN, OCN®, CWOCN

The history of people with ostomies and their surgeries reads like an inspiring story of determination, challenge, and courage. Whether you are an ostomate (a person who has had an ostomy) or a family member of one, it is important to know about the basics of ostomy surgery and care.

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