A serious medical diagnosis can be stressful. However, when you trust your medical team and you feel prepared for how to move forward, treatment and management can feel like a proactive way to deal with your illness. Cancer of any kind requires support and resources. If you’re preparing for bowel cancer treatment, for example, reach out to your medical staff for support and encouragement.

The type of treatment you receive will depend on your particular cancer and your overall health. You might have chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or some combination of those things. Educate yourself as much as you can so you feel more in control of what’s happening to your body. Consider joining support groups as well. When you’re able to share your fears and your pain openly with others who are experiencing the same things, you might find that the healing process is speedier.