A diagnosis of bowel cancer has huge implications for the individual, their family and friends and therefore help should not be limited to medical issues. People need support in a range of ways and in this section you will find employment, emotional, practical and financial information for the weeks and months following the diagnosis.
Body image and sexual health
It’s important to recognise that a diagnosis of bowel cancer can have a profound effect on your body image, your sexuality and your personal relationships.
There is plenty of evidence that lifestyle choices can have a direct impact on our health and well being, and affect our risk of developing certain diseases and illnesses. Having had treatment for bowel cancer, you may feel that you want to do as much as you possibly can to improve your general health and to reduce the risk of your cancer coming back.
Bowel cancer patients face many challenges after diagnosis and treatment, including worries about the cancer coming back, trying to regain bowel control, coping with changed body image, re-establishing intimate relationships, and going back to work.