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Living as a colorectal cancer survivor involves persistent physical and psychological symptom distress such as pain, diarrhea, constipation, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, fatigue, decreased functional ability, sleep difficulties, changes in sexuality, impairments in cognitive function, and psychological distress, which can affect overall quality of life and challenge the recovery process.

The transition to colorectal cancer survivorship, especially the first years, has also been described as a tumultuous experience where survivors try to balance the elation of surviving a life-threatening illness with the demands of persistent physical symptoms including pain, altered life meaning, uncertainty, and fears of recurrence. Especially, those with stoma tended to have difficult transitions with changes in functionality and body images and subsequent stigma.

Compared with male survivors, women survivors psychological suffer more due to changes in body images. Furthermore, women survivors have reported reduced social support from friends, health care providers, and family, and many report frustrations with expectations from family and friends to return to “normal.” In addition to unmet support needs, women survivors frequently report unmet information needs.

This study is designed to recruit asians who reside in US.

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