Our very personal recommendations for dealing with the disease
The diagnosis of colon cancer is initially a shock to most sufferers. Because she scares. Fear of dying, fear of drastic changes like an artificial bowel. That's normal, almost everyone reacts that way. But colon cancer is fortunately in most cases not so bad as you think first.
The good news is that colon cancer today is often completely curable. This is a great merit of the early detection programs, so the colon cancer screening. Regular colonoscopy in adulthood can not prevent colorectal cancer, but it results in the tumor being discovered much earlier today than it was 50 years ago. Especially with colon cancer, the sooner it is discovered, the sooner it is curable.
Nevertheless, the handling and coping with the disease are of course difficult. Many thoughts go through your head, many things change. The usually necessary surgery is a major surgery, in the weeks and months after you have to change, especially in terms of nutrition.
With the following tips we want to help you in coping with the cancer. Of course they are not complete, they can not cover all the worries and questions, but colorectal cancer is too different from case to case. But maybe one or the other tip is still helpful for you.
Our 10 Tips for Colon Cancer Patients:
- 1. Inform yourself comprehensively.Do not be intimidated by the diagnosis, but seize your options to counter and cooperate in your own recovery. Find out about hertumor stage and how it is medically evaluated. Which forms of surgery come into consideration? What does adjuvant and neoadjuvant chemotherapy mean? How is a larger tumor treated without metastases? Which alternative methods are considered? If you are well-informed, you usually make the cleverer decisions.
- 2. Take the time for a thorough consideration of the treatment. Unfortunately, many doctors tend to explain everything in detail, but leave little room for questions. Under a cannonade of foreign words is often understood then only half, without being able to ask questions in peace. Do not let this put you under pressure and ask for all questions answered. Take the time to read everything in peace. Colorectal cancer usually grows slowly, haste is appropriate only in exceptional cases.
- 3. Get a second medical opinion. This recommendation is especially important if you have doubts about the diagnosis or the therapy suggestions of the treating physician. But also to secure the further procedure by confirmation from third party. No good doctor should object. The health insurance companies support with the assumption of costs your right to such a second opinion. After all, it's about your life and your health.
- 4. Choose a good clinic that you trust. It has been proven that it makes a difference whether the procedure you are undergoing is very frequent or rarely performed in the hospital. And how experienced the respective surgeons are in it. Information about good hospitals in the region can be given by your doctor, as well as self-help groups on site. Take a look at the clinic's own websites as well as quality-oriented portals (for example, weisse-liste.de). Ononcomap.de Find a selection of the largest colon cancer centers.
- 5. Be patient after surgery until your bowel returns to normal. This usually takes some time. Unfortunately, one often has to deal with malaise and digestive problems. Diarrhea, constipation, heavy flatulence and loud bowel sounds are typical complaints. In the case of rectal cancer, frequent and violent stool urges can be quite distressing. Many foods are temporarily worse tolerated than usual (see list below). Your body must first recover and get used to the new situation.
- 6. If you have constant diarrhea, you can counteract that with water-binding foods. There are, for example, Bananas, finely grated apples, potatoes, rice and oatmeal in question.
- 7. Take nutritional advice if needed. There are no special diet recommendations with a binding character. And even blanket restrictions or prohibitions are not to be observed.However, with the help of nutrition, you can specifically influence the stool, bloating and general well-being. This is especially true if you have an artificial intestinal outlet (stoma) or a small intestinal anus connection (pouch) was created.
- 8. Chemotherapy?If the colorectal cancer is already advanced, chemotherapy is often prescribed in addition to the surgery. Sometimes as a primary treatment when surgery is not (yet) possible. However, some people are so frightened by the chemotherapy that they decide against it. Our opinion: It is true that chemotherapy is usually associated with significant side effects and with this type of treatment, in principle, the whole body poisoned. Any doctor who downplayed that talks the whole thing nicely. It is also true that chemotherapy has been shown to lower the risk of relapse.
- 9. or alternative medicine? Precisely because of the doubts about chemotherapy, many people with advanced bowel cancer turn to alternative medicine. Our Opinion: As pleasant and gentle as alternative methods compared to chemotherapy sound, what they almost invariably lack is proof of an effect or life extension. And some alternative cures are pure money making. However, alternative physicians often bring with them an ability that many mainstream medical professionals lack: they convey confidence and strength. And that is a factor that should not be underestimated in the fight against cancer. So weigh carefully and as impartially as possible!
- 10. Make the recommended aftercare appointments true. This may seem annoying, but it is for your own safety and life expectancy. Because even after complete removal of the intestinal tumor can never be completely ruled out that he will eventually occur again. If that is the case, then it is a blessing, if discovered early. The usual follow-up period is 5 years. Depending on the type of cancer and the individual case, the examinations are initially carried out at intervals of three or six months, later the intervals are increased.
One more tip: Even in everyday life it is difficult for many people to eat well balanced and fully. After a bowel cancer surgery, this is often even more difficult. We often recommend a special one hereHealth juicewhose effect has been scientifically proven. One spoon per day covers all important nutrients and phytochemicals, one bottle will last for about 50 days.
Foods that are often not so well tolerated after bowel cancer surgery:
- raw onions
- fried food
- Wholemeal bread with whole grains
- freshly baked bread
- hard-boiled eggs
- acidic foods
- heavily roasted
- too hot and too cold food and drinks
- carbonated drinks
- immature fruit
- fresh fruit, salads, raw vegetables, tomatoes shortly after the bowel operation
Authors: Dr. Hubertus Glaser & Dr. med. med. Jörg Zorn