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What to ask your doctor about living with bowel cancer

Men and women discussing bowel cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • How long will it take me to get over my treatment?
  • When can I go back to work and take up my usual sports, hobbies and activities again?
  • Where can I get help to deal with my feelings and emotions?
  • Do I have to pay for counselling?
  • Who can help me look after my stoma?
  • How do I get the supplies I need for my stoma?  Are these available on prescription?
  • Is there anyone who can give advice or support about treatment affecting my sex life?
  • What should I do if I have problems with my diet?
  • Can I see a dietician at this hospital?
  • What practical support is available?
  • Can I get any help with money problems, including claiming benefits?
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Updated: 12 September 2013