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What do I need to know about caring for someone with colon cancer?

Caring for someone with colon cancer may require many supportive actions because colon cancer treatment may involve different types of therapy. Maintaining healthy nutrition and adhering to the treatment plan is essential for successfully treating colon cancer. Treatments may cause pain, decreased appetite and fatigue. If you are caring for someone with colon cancer you will need to be patient and understanding.

When caring for someone with colon cancer, the most important thing is to be supportive. Help in any way you can - from listening to making meals to driving them to appointments. Help them get enough rest and keep them from pushing themselves too hard. Lastly, it's possible for you to feel overwhelmed or upset by the diagnosis. There are formal support groups for caregivers of people with cancer, which may provide relief.

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