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Integrative Health and Wellness

Integrative health is an important model in cancer care that brings conventional and complementary approaches together to provide the best possible treatment. It emphasizes a holistic, patient-focused approach to balance good health of the mind, body, and spirit.

These mind and body approaches can, along with medical treatment, help patients manage symptoms and cope with side effects. Some examples of complementary health activities include acupuncture, massage, yoga, and physical activity. While these activities won’t cure colorectal cancer, they can add to a patient’s treatment plan and help improve overall wellness and quality of life.

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A survey conducted earlier this year by the Alliance, showed that patients, survivors, and caregivers receive inconsistent information about integrative health and wellness, if they receive any information at all. The survey also showed that most individuals who have participated in these activities have noticed a positive difference in their quality of life. Read the full survey results which shows the opportunity and importance of integrative health and wellness.

Find Your Balance

Mind · Body · Spirit

Fertility & colorectal cancer

If you're concerned about how cancer treatment might affect your fertility, you have options. Don't wait. Getting information about fertility preservation methods before you begin cancer treatment can help you make an informed choice.

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Intimacy & Sexual Health

Changes to sexual function (medically known as “sexual dysfunction”) is one of the most common long-term side effects of colorectal cancer treatment, and an issue that is rarely discussed among patients and their providers.

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Making healthy food choices that fit overall lifestyle choices can make a meaningful difference throughout the cancer journey.

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If you are faced with surgery that may include an ostomy, temporary ileostomy, or have a permanent ostomy, we've curated information specifically for you.

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Physical Activity

There are many reasons for being physically active during cancer treatment, but each person’s exercise program should be based on what’s safe and what works best for them. It should also be something you like doing.

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Pain Management & Stress Reduction

Learn new ways to help manage chronic pain during treatment and survivorship. Explore natural treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga into your overall care plan.

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Summer Bingo Challenge

Throughout the summer, we are holding an Alliance Bingo Challenge. With five different Bingo sheets, we are hoping to fill your summer with safe, healthy, and fun ways to learn more about the Alliance. Bingo cards are coming soon!

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