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.
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.
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!
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
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.