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Living well with an ostomy

Less than 10% of colorectal cancer patients require a permanent ostomy, while many get a temporary ileostomy.

Having the right information and resources can allow anyone with an ostomy thrive!

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What is an ostomy?

An ostomy is a surgery that creates a stoma opening that lets waste exit the body. 

Many patients refer to their stoma as an ostomy. 

An estimated 18-35% of colorectal cancer survivors have received temporary or permanent ostomies as part of their treatment.

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Adjusting to life with an ostomy bag

You are not alone. 
Nearly one million Americans are living with an ostomy. By following a few steps, you can live life just as you did before. 

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Nutrition with an ostomy

Good nutrition is essential for optimal health and well-being throughout your ostomy journey.

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Hydration with an ostomy

Staying hydrated with an ostomy is as important as eating well. Keep your water bottle close by and choose hydrating foods.

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Intimacy with an ostomy

People with an ostomy may find intimacy challenging at first, but with patience and modifications, your sex life can continue as it did before.

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Ostomy support

Support is essential for all of us. Find a support group that fits your needs. 

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Ostomies and pain management

An ostomy should not be painful or uncomfortable. Learn how to recognize signs of trouble. 

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Physical activity with an ostomy

Exercise can speed up recovery, enhance balance and flexibility, boost self-confidence, increase energy, and more.

Gather your resources

Find a buddy, a navigator, an online community, and more with Alliance resources. 

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