Advanced Radiation Therapy for Colorectal and Anal Cancer

Living with Colorectal or Anal Cancers

Living with colorectal or anal cancers

Living with colorectal or anal cancer can necessitate changes in your lifestyle; it’s all about finding the quality of life that suits you best.

At MRO, we understand that there’s more to recovery than medical treatment. And while radiation therapy itself may be painless, it impacts your body in ways that you can’t always see. In order to keep your body strong, we encourage you to be active in caring for yourself. Here’s a list of things you can do to get the most out of life during your treatment

  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet.

  • Listen to your body. Don’t push yourself too hard, and rest when you’re tired. You will probably be sleeping more than normal, and that’s okay.

  • Be kind to the skin near your treatment area. Wash the area with mild soap and water, and do not put hot or cold packs on the skin. Contact your MRO care team before using lotions or ointments.

  • Find a support group or seek out help to manage the stress that comes with cancer treatment and cancer diagnosis.

  • Make sure to tell your doctor about any medicines or supplements you take to ensure the medications are safe to use during treatment.

  • Follow your doctor’s orders and contact your MRO care team with any questions.

Life After Treatment

“When I was diagnosed with anal cancer, I turned to my faith. Then I turned to MRO. Everyone helped me through my journey. I knew I was going there for treatment, but it was just a joy to go. It was like going to see some friends that cared about me.”
Ron | Anal Cancer Patient

After you’ve completed treatment, you’ll have follow-up visits with your MRO care team, especially in the first few months after treatment, to make sure there is no progression or recurrence. During this time, it’s important to report any new symptoms to your doctor right away, so the cause can be found and treated.

Follow-up care varies from patient to patient. Your MRO care team may also recommend home care, occupational or vocational therapy, pain management, physical therapy, and/or participation in support groups.

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