Friday, September 23, 2022

Colorectal Cancer

Life in Remission

With advanced treatment options for Colorectal Cancer now available, the disease is being transformed from deadly to increasingly curable. But research reveals that Colorectal Cancer survivors have a questionable quality of life when compared to age-matched people without cancer. Although patients experienced symptoms and issues most prominently during the first three years following the treatment, they were affected by long-term symptoms and effects of Colorectal Cancer treatments. These effects include:

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fear of recurrence
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Sensory neuropathy
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Urinary incontinence

Colorectal cancer treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy are not without side effects or complications, even though they help subdue Colorectal Cancer and destroy the cells. The side effects of treatment for Colorectal Cancer patients are:

Chemotherapy

  • Appetite loss
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Mouth sores
  • Hair loss Fatigue (due to low red blood cells count) Increases susceptibility to infections (due to low white blood cells count) Easy bruising and heavy bleeding (due to low Platelet count)

Radiotherapy

  • Skin irritation in the area which was subjected to radiation beams
  • Slow healing of wounds
  • Nausea
  • Irritation in the rectum, which can affect bowel movements, diarrhea, and bloody stools
  • Stool leakage
  • Irritation in the bladder, which can cause a burning Pain while urinating, or blood in the urine
  • Fatigue
  • Issues of erection in men and vaginal irritation experienced by women
  • Tissues on the treated area tend to stick to each other due to scarring or fibrosis