Colon Cancer Treatment Next Steps

Your Next Steps after Colon Cancer Treatment

Life after treatment for colon or rectal cancer in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills can be complicated. Though you’ll undoubtedly be relieved that your treatment has ended, you’ll probably also be worried about the cancer returning. Your experiences may have changed your outlook dramatically and you may find yourself with an abundance of time that was once taken up by coping with treatment and your condition.

Now that your treatment is over, you have the perfect opportunity to reassess your lifestyle and make a conscious effort to promote your health. Though you should closely follow your colorectal specialist’s (also known as a proctologist) recommendations and continue seeing your doctor to ensure that cancer does not return, you can also start focusing on improving your health and lifestyle in all avenues.

Physical Health

Before your cancer treatment, you may have had many habits that did not promote your health. If you smoked, drank too much, overate or let stress get the best of you, now is not the time to blame yourself for these habits. Instead, now is the time to change and develop better habits that help you stay healthy and happy for the rest of your life. Start working on the things that matter most to you and remember that you can always make healthy choices, especially when it comes to your:

  • Diet. Cancer treatment can change your relationship with food dramatically. Your sense of taste may now be different.   Do your best to eat an all-around healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Follow any specific dietary instructions given by your doctor.
  • Activity. Long after treatment, you may have lasting feelings of fatigue, which can make it hard to exercise. You may have also lost strength and endurance. However, becoming more active can help you reverse all of these impacts. Begin easing yourself into an exercise routine that makes sense for your needs and try to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day—just remember not to push yourself too hard.

Emotional Health

Treatment for colon cancer can dredge up many difficult emotions, and they don’t always go away. Depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-consciousness—these are all common feelings for cancer survivors and are not easy to handle alone. Because of this, it’s best to have others to turn to for support.

Only you can decide which sources of support are best, but opening yourself up to them can help you deal with the changes and emotions you’re coping with. Speak with trusted family members and friends, seek out a cancer support group or turn to a counselor or psychologist. Even if you are at first uncomfortable opening up about your feelings, doing so may quickly make you feel better.

Los AngelesColon and Rectal Surgical Associates

Life after treatment for colon cancer in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills can be an exciting time, but it can also be a trying one. If you need any help adjusting to your life after colon cancer treatment, don’t hesitate to speak with your colorectal specialist at Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates.  (310)273-2310