Focus on Colorectal Cancer
Chemoradiation therapy is often used in rectal cancer before surgery to avoid colostomy or reduce the chance that the cancer will recur.
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.
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.
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.