Colorectal Cancer,Metastatic or Recurrent - Home Treatment
Home treatment may be all that is needed
to help manage the side effects that often accompany
metastatic or recurrent colon cancer or its treatment.
Healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and
exercise may help control your symptoms. Be sure to follow any instructions
your doctor has given you.
- Home treatment for nausea or vomiting
includes watching for and treating early signs of
dehydration, such as a dry mouth, sticky saliva,
having smaller than usual amounts of urine, or having urine that is dark
yellow. Your doctor also may prescribe
medicines to control nausea and vomiting. For more
information on how to deal with these side effects, see:
- Cancer: Controlling Nausea and Vomiting From Chemotherapy.
- Home treatment for pain can range from
cold packs and over-the-counter medicines to massage and meditation. For more
information, see the topic
- Home treatment for diarrhea includes resting your stomach by not eating for several hours
or until you feel better, and watching for signs of dehydration. Check with
your doctor before using any medicines for your diarrhea.
- Home treatment for constipation includes getting gentle exercise, drinking
plenty of fluids, and eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and foods that contain
fiber. Check with your doctor before using a laxative.
- Treatment for fatigue includes getting extra rest while you are having chemotherapy or
radiation therapy. Let your symptoms be your guide. You may be able to keep
your usual routine and just get some extra sleep. Fatigue is often worse at the
end of treatment or just after treatment is over. If you find you have trouble
tips to relieve sleep problems may be helpful.
Learning that you have colorectal cancer and being treated for it can be
very stressful. There are steps you can take to reduce your stress. You may want to talk with family or friends. Some people find that spending time alone is what they need.
If your emotions interfere with your ability to
make decisions, it is important to talk to your doctor about them. Your cancer
treatment center may offer counseling services, support groups, and classes
such as yoga.
feelings about your body may change after treatment.
Dealing with your body image may involve talking
openly about your worries with your partner and discussing your feelings with a
Contact your local chapter of the American Cancer Society
to find a support group. Talking with other people who have had similar
experiences can be very helpful.