Quality of Life Issues
To people with colorectal cancer, quality of life is defined by the severity of the disease. In early stage disease, patients focus on the long-term effects of therapy, whereas in late-stage disease, symptom management is paramount.
- Living with an Ostomy
Offers practical information for patients living with an ostomy. Dietary suggestions, as well as how to order free ostomy supplies if you are uninsured.
- Living with Colorectal Cancer by Colon Cancer Alliance (PDF)
This booklet is meant to help you sort through some of the many new feelings and situations you will face as you learn to live with colorectal cancer.
- Live Strong
Offers you an opportunity to learn about topics that may affect your life after treatment ends and provides resources that can help you understand some of the physical, emotional and practical topics that may apply to your survivorship experience.
- Coping with Cancer
Information about complications of cancer and its treatment, as well as information on treatment-related nutritional concerns.
- During and After Treatment
Offers information about possibly being able to speed up your recovery and improve your quality of life by taking an active role during and after treatment for your colon or rectal cancer.
- Post Surgery Issues
MD Anderson's bowel management program to help you through changes in bowel function following colorectal surgery.
- Facing Forward Series
This publication covers post-treatment issues such as follow-up medical care, physical and emotional changes, changes in social relationships, and workplace issues.
For a listing of organizations that can offer you support and information, see our Helpful Organizations section.