Colon and Rectal Cancer Survivorship Resources
- C3 Colorectal Coalition
- LIVESTRONG: Colon Cancer Group
- Cancer Care—Coping with Cancer: Tools to Help You Live
- National Cancer Institute - Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment
- Colon Cancer Alliance
Caregiver Support Resources
Possible Physical Side Effects of Treatment
Fatigue - can be an issue for weeks or up to months after treatment. It is known that exercise at a moderate level, 4 to 5 times a week for up to an hour a day can improve and slowly decrease fatigue.
Peripheral Neuropathy - numbness and tingling sensation in fingers and toes which can take months to repair.
Sexual dysfunction - can be anything from erectile dysfunction, to decreased libido, to decreased flexibility of tissue and lubrication.
- Dr. Stanley Myers, Urologist, specializes in erectile dysfunction
- United Ostomy Association of America
- Intimacy, Sexuality and an Ostomy
- Lance Armstrong – sexual dysfunction for men and women
Fertility issues - for both women and men can occur due to surgical effects especially for those undergoing Rectal cancer.
- Dr. Robert Matteri, Oregon Reproductive Medicine
- Fertile Hope
- Resolve: The National Infertility Association
- OHSU Infertility Program
Lymphedema - is the swelling in hands, feet, ankles, legs, and arms that doesn't resolve for months to years after treatment.
Stoma issues - The United Ostomy Association of America’s mission is to help people return to a normal active life with ostomy or continent diversion