The treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer includes many challenges and an overwhelming amount of information. Listed here are helpful tips to best manage the most common side effects, provide advice on when you should call the medical team, and to offer resources for support during this journey.
Your healthcare team consists of several specialists, such as your surgeon, oncologist, advanced practice provider, clinic nurse and staff, social worker, nutrition specialist, financial advisor, navigator, palliative and survivorship program coordinators, and others to help you through your treatment and manage side effects.
Engaging in cancer support groups and survivorship programs can be very beneficial in managing and coping with side effects.
To keep your treatment plan on course, it is especially important to communicate with your medical team. Reporting the side effects and symptoms and taking the recommended prescribed medications as directed is the best way for you and your medical team to manage your side effects, to maintain your optimum quality of life, and to manage the way your cancer reacts to the treatment.
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