The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Living with & beyond cancer

Symptoms to look out for include renewed symptoms such as rectal bleeding, breathlessness, abdominal pain, weight loss, lack of appetite, fatigue or any other concerning symptoms.

The Colorectal Cancer MDT aims to help and support all patients through and beyond treatment and to help manage any symptoms that cause problems.

The colorectal cancer nurse specialist team is the best way to seek advice and can be contacted on 0113 2065535.

West Yorkshire Health & Care Partnership

In the following video we hear from Julie, a Colorectal Nurse Specialist here at St. James's. She shares useful advice and guidance on side effects people may experience after their treatment for a Colorectal cancer, as well as advice on ways to support your wellbeing.

We also hear from Michelle and John, who share their experience with being diagnosed with a Colorectal cancer.




Some lifestyle tips:

  • make small adjustments to your everyday activities to make things easier where you can
  • the eating well booklet provides useful information
  • take light, regular exercise to keep your energy levels up
  • give priority to the most important things you want to do first
  • consider physiotherapy
  • pace yourself so you get enough rest
  • consider learning a relaxation technique, such as meditation, to help you manage your anxieties and help keep you in a positive frame of mind
  • develop a support network of friends and fellow patients with whom you can share and discuss your experiences