Colorectal Cancer (cont.)
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Managing side effects
You can do things at home to help manage the side effects of colorectal cancer or its treatment. Be sure to follow your doctor's advice on any drugs you are taking. Healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise may help control your symptoms.
Learning that you have colorectal cancer and being treated for it can be very stressful. There are steps you can take to reduce your stress. You may want to talk with family or friends. Some people find that spending time alone is what they need.
Consider meeting with a counselor or joining a support group of others who have colorectal cancer. Your doctor may also be able to help you find other sources of support and information. Learning relaxation techniques, such as yoga or visualization exercises, may also help you reduce your stress.
Your feelings about your body may change after treatment. Dealing with your body image may involve talking openly about your worries with your partner and discussing your feelings with a doctor.
For more information about learning how to live with cancer, read "Taking Time: Support for People With Cancer" from the National Cancer Institute. This booklet is available online at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/takingtime.
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