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Peer Support Groups within PPCS, Thrissur - 3

 

COLORECTAL CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Pain and Palliative Care Society, Thrissur has formed a Colorectal Cancer Support Group (CRCSG) with the objective of providing focused attention and better service to the group of persons affected by colorectal cancer. These patients have similar issues to tackle during the treatment and management of their condition. They can, therefore, benefit from the services rendered by this support group. 

About Colorectal Cancer:
Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer that occurs first in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they occur first.. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together because they have many features in common.

Prof. N.N. Gokuldas addressing the Group
 
The lifetime-risk (eighty five years) of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 21 (4.7%) for men and 1 in 23 (4.4%) for women. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women and the second leading cause in men.
Common types of cancer in the colon and rectum are adenocarcinomas (> 95% of colorectal cancers, carcinoid tumors and gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). Symptoms include change in bowel habits (including diarrhea, constipation, a change in the consistency of your stool or finding your stools are narrower than usual), persistent abdominal discomfort (Such as cramps, gas, or pain and/or feeling full, bloated or that your bowel does not empty completely), rectal bleeding and fatigue.
Risk Factors are obesity, diet that is high in red meats, cooking meats at very high temperatures (frying, broiling, or grilling), tobacco abuse, heavy alcohol use, above eighty years of age and family history. Colorectal cancers are found in people without a family history of colorectal cancer. Still, as many as 1 in 5 people who develop colorectal cancer have other family members who have had it.
Prof. N.N. Gokuldas addressing the Group
People who have a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, or child) with a history of colorectal cancer are at increased risk. The risk is even higher if that relative was diagnosed with cancer when they were younger than 45, or if more than one first-degree relative is affected. The reasons for the increased risk are not clear in all cases. Cancers can “run in the family” because of inherited genes, shared environmental factors, or some combination of these.

Activities of the Support Group:
The support group started working in February 2017 with 50 patients (32 male and 18 female) who had registered their names in the society.
So far the Group has conducted two events. First was on 2017 February 3rd, an awareness class on colorectal cancer by Shri K. Raman Kutty Menon (Phoenix Stoma Association).. Second was on 2017 April 17th, a presentation on different types of colostomy bags, their advantages and side effects by Shri Shejo C Joy (Ostom Organisation). 


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