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New treatment for bowel cancer?

Postby pennycsf » Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:31 am

A new report has been publidhed which looks very promising for bowel cancer patients. Here is an extract taken from the BBC report:

Bowel cancer patients may avoid the need for colostomy bags if they are first treated by having an expandable tube inserted at the site of their blockage, cancer doctors have said. The new approach, presented at the world's biggest cancer conference, showed that the tube, or stent, cut the risk of complications from surgery. Experts said colostomy bags, to collect faeces, often frightened patients.

Globally, nearly 1.4 million cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed each year. In the UK, more than a fifth of the cancers go undetected until the tumour blocks the intestines, leaving patients needing emergency surgery. This unplanned surgery has a much higher risk of complications compared with routine surgery. The patient is often in worse health, the swelling caused by the blockage can mean keyhole surgery is not possible so more invasive surgery is needed and there may not be a colorectal specialist surgeon on hand.


And here is the link to the Cancer Research UK Report:
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-u ... r-patients

Let's now hope that detection rates start to improve with better and more accurate screening. :)

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Re: New treatment for bowel cancer?

Postby goldenoldie » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:26 am

Hi everyone..just want to say I endorse -and more - what pennycsf says...I am at the moment spending time in the UK helping a palliative unit, nurse my Sister through the last few months of her life as she has terminal colon cancer. She would be the first to admit that it is her own fault. She had been suffering from constipation for about a year without seeking help. She thought it was her poor diet that was the cause BUT still did nothing about it. She is now bedridden and can only eat a soft diet and is literally waiting to die. This may seem a bit blunt for me to say and you to read, but I mean it to hopefully be a wakeup call to people out there.
You only have one body and it is your responsibility to keep it as healthy as you can as the repercussions on yourself and your families far outweighs the small gestures you can do to stop many common diseases...ie diabetes,heart,lung and of course various cancers. The simplest of gestures consist of observations and tests -which are free...YOU are the person who knows your body best. So ANY changes, both inside and out should be investigated and Doctors would far rather tell you your worries are harmless than harmful; so while soaping in the shower, check for lumps and bumps,bruises without cause,moles that change etc. Keep an eye on your innards and their functioning..after three weeks they should have returned to whatever is your "normal". If not please go to your Doctor about it. My Sister used to tell me she was too busy to be ill..now she has plenty of time to be ill and not much else. If her example helps one of you nip a disease in the bud, this post will not be in vain.

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Re: New treatment for bowel cancer?

Postby biggles » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:24 am

Hi Goldenoldie,
Sorry to read about your sister, that must have come as a shock to you and your family.

I would certainly endorse what you say about going to see your doctor if you have any abnormal bowel/intestinal symptoms which don't go away within a sensible time. If you wait too long you, you can become used to the "new" normal!

Having just benefited from the latest form of colon depistage test, I can report that it is really quite straight forward, well explained with quick results. Maybe poking around in cr*p is not want you want to do after breakfast, but at least it is in the comfort of your own bathroom.

If people would take advantage of this, the latest report below indicates that many instances of colon cancer can be treated successfully. As always, it is catching it quickly that is vital!

;)

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Re: New treatment for bowel cancer?

Postby goldenoldie » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:10 am

I agree..I have "played" poo-sticks since the very beginning of the tests coming into use, and it used to be a very messy business with rubber gloves etc etc but the one I did in April was SO neat. The kit is well thought out and clean to use and easy...so different to the old system.
Some of my friends turn their noses up at the thought but I can tell everyone..the relief and reassurance of getting the letter that says you are all clear FAR outweighs any worries of maybe and perhaps. Like the Ozzie slogan of slip,slop,slap for sun cream, the poo-stick test is simple to do and brings good prevention.
Go on!...you have nothing to lose and everything to gain

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Re: New treatment for bowel cancer?

Postby merlin » Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:53 pm

Great news. Hope my cousin see this. Yes the new depistage is certainly much better.

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Re: New treatment for bowel cancer?

Postby edythuk » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:55 pm

Can I just add to this discussion by saying that as well as doing the poo test every 2 years you should also be aware of any physical feelings, however small, and have them checked. I had been doing the test for years and every time I was relieved to get the all clear letter. So when I had slight discomfort in the colon area (usually during the night) I felt sure it would be nothing much, maybe just be a polyp, and didn't worry about it. In fact this went on for a couple of years before I thought I should have it checked out. The coloscopy found a tumour which was indeed cancerous.

It was successfully removed last summer and I had 6 horrible months of chemo "purely precautionary" so I was informed. My scans have been clear. No spread anywhere. So hopefully I was lucky that it was found in time.

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Re: New treatment for bowel cancer?

Postby pennycsf » Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:16 am

Thanks for that, Edythuk, it is indeed important to remember that as good as the depistage has become, it cannot take the place of one's own knowledge of ones body.

Penny :)


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