Once diagnosed with any type of cancer, most people do tend to initially go into a depression mode till the extent of the cancer is diagnosed and they get some reassurances. Somehow the Big C still has a strange sense of doom that comes along with it, no matter what doctors might tell you about it. The same holds true for patients diagnosed with cancer of the colon. But what they must keep in mind is that they have the support of their family and friends and the future’s not as bleak as it may appear.
An illness in the family, seeing loved ones suffer and go through this diagnosis, causes anxiety and emotional pain in a close family circle whether it is colon cancer or any other disease. Friends are then the main positive support that the family has apart from one another. But if the patient finds that the family is not enough support and he needs more, then a good idea would be to find local support groups and get involved with activities with them. Sharing experiences, hearing success stories have a very positive effect on the sufferer. Include rest in your daily activities as this is a key factor in getting better.
Once diagnosed, get to the library or get on to the Internet and find out all you can about the disease. The more you know about it, the more you help yourself as understanding well very often brings peace of mind. It is the fear of the unknown in cancer that brings the element of fear with it. Information of what is happening to the body during treatment and how it will affect the future is very important for the patient. Mental preparation can turn the worst case scenario into a scenario where there is hope.
Treatment options are dependent on the severity of the case and how advanced the cancer is at the time of diagnosis. A second opinion may be considered if the patient plans to go ahead with the recommended treatment. One would be very happy if the cancer is totally eliminated but patients will be happy with just having the cancer stopped from spreading and relief from the associated discomfort.
For colon cancer the main line of treatment is surgery. Removal of the whole colon or part of it is dependent on the size and location of the cancer. If it is only a polyp then removal of just that little bit should suffice but if it is the whole colon due to the fact that the cancer is advanced then the patient may have to wear a colostomy for the rest of his life.
Chemotherapy is another option for the treatment of this type of cancer. Intake of medicines is done either orally or through the veins and this works well after surgery to get rid of residual cancer cells as well as control further growth, gives relief from symptoms and increases longevity. Radiation therapy which would normally be used together with chemotherapy, is not used for colon cancer.