Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, recovery can be a complex process. You may be relieved to finish treatment, but equally your focus is on healing your body and doing what you can to reduce the risk of colon cancer returning.
Chemotherapy and surgery are the most common treatments for colon cancer, and both can have a long term impact on the body. In this video, Dr. Cox shares her insight and advice on how to recover and thrive after colon cancer remission. She covers some of the most common questions she receives from colon cancer patients, which include:
- What are the conventional monitoring strategies to help you know that you continue to be cancer-free?
- What can colon cancer survivors do to help reduce the risk of recurrence?
- How can you support your body’s recovery after colorectal cancer?
Dr. Cox shares her insights into using blood markers, such as ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and CRP (c-reactive protein) which monitor inflammation. She also shares her perspectives on nutritional deficiencies post treatment, and addresses things like vitamin D and B12 levels to help recover energy and improve long term health, along with how to maximize your food choices when digestion has been so impacted.
This discussion is a great overview for anyone navigating survivorship after colon cancer. To dive in further, grab a copy of Dr. Katrina’s book “The Opportunity in Cancer”.