Thank you for your question. Yes this is certainly a problem for many partners of newly diagnosed bowel cancer patients.
Firstly I would recommend you just be there for her to talk to when she needs to. The fact that you are asking the questions she knows you care and that you are open to discussing anything she might be concerned about.
When patients are first diagnosed, they often comment it takes time to process their diagnosis and to consider all possibilities from treatment to post treatment and just focusing on their next step into their cancer journey. You are doing all the right things in supporting your wife by purely being there when she needs you. By ensuring various ‘everyday’ jobs are taken care of, it just takes the load off the mind in ways one can not explain.
Further ways to help support your wife, depending on her areas of need, if she has any nutritional issues due to her bowel changes and requiring advice on her diet you can contact our Nutrition advisory service via http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=306&Itemid=478.
You may also be interested to read the various patient information booklets Bowel cancer Australia publish, all of which are available on our website at http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=206&Itemid=666
I hope this helps.
Please feel free to contact us anytime for individualised advice at:
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If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.
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