Colorectal Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent (cont.)
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Home treatment may be all that is needed to help manage the side effects that often accompany metastatic or recurrent colon cancer or its treatment. Healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise may help control your symptoms. Be sure to follow any instructions your doctor has given you.
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.
If your emotions interfere with your ability to make decisions, it is important to talk to your doctor about them. Your cancer treatment center may offer counseling services, support groups, and classes such as yoga.
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.
Contact your local chapter of the American Cancer Society to find a support group. Talking with other people who have had similar experiences can be very helpful.
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