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For people with colon cancer, support from a variety of sources can be helpful in coping with the disease. Members of the healthcare team can answer questions about treatment. Social workers can help locate resources for things such as financial aid, transportation, and home care. Colon cancer support groups can help people cope with the disease and the effects of treatment.

Colon Cancer Support: An Introduction

Learning you have colon cancer can change your life and the lives of those close to you. These changes can be hard to handle. It is normal for you, your family, and your friends to have many different and sometimes confusing feelings.
 
You may worry about:
 
  • Caring for your family
  • Keeping your job
  • Continuing daily activities.
     
Concerns about colon cancer treatment and managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills are also common.
 

Colon Cancer Support From Healthcare Providers

Doctors, nurses, and other members of your healthcare team can answer questions about treatment, working, or other activities. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful if you want to talk about your feelings or concerns. Often, a social worker can suggest resources for:
 
  • Financial aid
  • Transportation
  • Home care
  • Emotional support.
     

Colon Cancer Support: Friends, Family, Support Groups, and Counselors

Friends and relatives can provide colon cancer support. Support groups also can help. In these groups, people meet with other patients or their families to share what they have learned about coping with colon cancer and the effects of treatment. Groups may offer support in person, over the telephone, or online. You may want to talk with a member of your healthcare team about finding a support group.
 
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