“Their Whole Lives Are Going To Change”: A Photo-Elicitation Study of Rectal Cancer Survivorship

Video Author:Samantha J. Rivard, M.D. • C. Ann Vitous, M.A., M.P.H. • Michaela C. Bamdad, M.D., M.H.S. • Christopher Varlamos, B.S.

Published on:November 14, 2022

This photo-elicitation study provided rectal cancer survivors with a unique opportunity to share how rectal cancer treatment has impacted their lives beyond traditional metrics such as postoperative complications and long-term survival. In addition to improving preoperative counseling and expectation setting, future efforts should focus on postoperative symptom surveillance and appropriate referral when needed.