Dr. John Marshall, Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, joins the Alliance to answer common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines among the colon cancer and rectal cancer patient population.
In December of 2020, I was diagnosed with stage IIIb colorectal cancer at age 48. And if you ever wondered how hard it is to fly under the radar fighting cancer while going through a global pandemic, the answer is “a lot easier than you think.”
Open surgery is the most common type of surgery in the United States. But given advancements in surgical technology, it may not be the best thing for all patients. The good news is colorectal patients may have other minimally invasive surgical options.
A cancer diagnosis and treatment can be challenging for both the body and the mind. Many patients describe difficult emotions such as loneliness, anger, guilt, sadness, and worry, in addition to feeling overwhelmed with uncertainty about their health and other areas of their life.
Trying to communicate with a child or teenager has challenges of its own, and adding cancer to the mix can make things even more complex. However, we know that open communication between family members has a very positive effect on a child’s well-being. Here are some tips on talking to your children about cancer during this demanding time.
A normal and common response to the stress of a cancer diagnosis—especially after treatment completes—is to worry about it happening again. When cancer comes back it is called a recurrence, and fear and anxiety about recurrence can take many shapes and strike at any time.