Prevalence figures for colorectal cancer in Australia indicate that a very large number of people are living as colorectal cancer survivors. A review of studies of individuals with cancer who had survived for five or more years reported that many continued to experience negative effects in their daily lives well beyond the completion of therapy.32
A survivorship plan is recommended to manage long-term effects of treatment, facilitate disease prevention, and promote a healthy lifestyle.3
Ongoing symptom management may be necessary for ongoing bowel, urinary and sexual dysfunction as a consequence of their disease and/or treatment.32
Outline the impact of colorectal cancer and its treatment across various domains of health in the first 12 months following treatment completion.
Outline how you would respond to a person completing treatment for colon cancer who asks what they can do to maintain their health.
View the Cancer Learning Survivorship module to learn more about resources and tools to improve outcomes and care for cancer survivors.