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Information about all aspects of health care from choosing a doctor and treatment, staying safe in a hospital, to end of life care. Includes how to obtain, choose and maximize health insurance policies.
Answers to your practical questions such as how to travel safely despite your health condition, how to avoid getting infected by a pet, and what to say or not say to an insurance company.

Colorectal Cancer: Newly Diagnosed: Day to Day Living (Stages 2, 3, 4)


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Day-to-day living is a catch-all for those parts of your life affected by a colorectal cancer diagnosis that are not treated in specific subjects such as Managing Your Medical Care.

For Information about each of the following subjects, see the other sections of this document.

  • Think about family and friends as part of your health care team.
  • Decide who to tell about your condition, and what to tell them.
  • Hold off telling co-workers or a boss except as necessary in order to get the time needed for tests and to explore treatment options. As you will see in our work documents, a boss is likely to have to keep the information confidential. Co-workers are not subject to the same restriction.
  • Start making plans for your needs during treatment. For example, who will:
    • take over house chores?
    • Take the kids to school?
    • Do the shopping?
  • If you will be undergoing chemotherapy with Camptosar, there is a possibility you may lose your hair:
    • Consider buying a wig now or at least saving a hair sample in case you want to buy a wig later.
    • Consider cutting your hair off rather than waiting for it to fall out.
    • For information about Hair Loss From Treatment And How To Deal With It, click here.  For information about wigs, click here.
  • Learn to purchase, use, store and dispose of drugs wisely.
    • The way you have been buying and using drugs may not be the best way.
    • Free drugs may be available if you do not have the resources to pay for them.
  • Realize that drugs and treatments do not work in a vacuum.
    • Start to think of the food you eat, the exercise you get, your rest/sleep, stress reduction, and even proper care of your mouth as steps you can take to make treatments and drugs most effective.
    • Adopt a healthy lifestyle such as a cancer preventive lifestyle.
  • Do what you can to avoid unnecessary infections. For information, click here.
  • Check travel plans with your cancer doctor. For example, where to go, how you get there, activities at each destination.
    • It takes time to plan a trip properly, but it is well worth it.
    • Once at your destination, take appropriate precautions.
    • For information about all aspects, click here.
  • Medical tourism is traveling to get less expensive or better medical care. For information, click here.
  • Don't obsess about what other people think. If you have difficulty with your changed body image, click here.
  • Keep in mind that sex is not the only to achieve intimacy. To learn more, click here.
  • If you are single, continue dating. Think about when to tell about your diagnosis. Click here.
  • If you feel fatigued, there are techniques to help get through the day. For example, schedule activities for the time of day you usually feel better. For more information, click here.
  • Don't let emotions keep you from doing the daily things you have to do or that normally make you feel good such as a hobby or sport. For information about emotions and feelings that come up and how to deal with them, click here.
  • Relax self imposed rules such as no eating on paper plates that won't affect you in the long term when you're not feeling well.
  • Learn about local resources that may be available to you.

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