Bowel Cancer

Love Is All Around Us (Even In My Chemo Unit)

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Wiltcher

Richard Curtis once wrote that, 'love is everywhere', and none more so than at the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. I disagree. You'll find more love in my local chemo unit, but it's a different sort of love. It's deeper somehow. More evolved. Tinged with sadness but always driven by an overriding sense of hope.

Bowel Cancer At 37 Is Something To Shout About

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Wiltcher

Chances are you don't have bowel cancer but wouldn't you rather know? Caught early and you're looking at a complete cure. Caught later and the odds for survival start tumbling. To prevent that I'm willing to be your comfort blanket. I'll repeat my symptoms over and over again to anyone who wants to listen if it means that fewer young adults are diagnosed late. Please don't be embarrassed. Visit your GP and keep returning if needs be. It might be the most important call you ever make.

‘Clean Eating Culture’ Means Brits Risk Misdiagnosing Bowel Cancer For Food Intolerance

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

“Clean eating culture” could be leading to a rise in Brits misdiagnosing symptoms of cancer, with some trying to manage crucial warning signs them...

Heartbreaking Podcast Tells The Story Of How This Mum Told Her Kids She Was Dying Of Cancer

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Parents

A mum-of-two who blogged about having terminal bowel cancer and telling her kids she was going to die, has had her words brought to life in a heartbre...

I Thought Cancer Had Left Me Infertile But Today I'm Celebrating Father's Day As A Dad For The First Time

Paul Simms | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Parents
Paul Simms

I'm so proud and I have absolutely loved being a dad. Without a doubt, my cancer and being told it would never happen has made me appreciate it even more. There is nothing more rewarding than walking through the front door after a long hard day at work to a beaming smile from Sophie, it's just amazing!

Taking Antibiotics Has Been Linked To Precursors Of This Disease

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Taking antibiotics may be linked to a heightened risk of bowel cancer precursors, new research suggests. A study found that long term antibiotic use i...

'Potentially Life-Saving' Bowel Cancer Tool Launched To Help Diagnose Under-50s

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Bowel cancer is typically diagnosed in those aged 60 and over, but that’s not to say it’s exclusive to that age group. To help spot signs of the ...

Husband's Desperate Plea For Money So Wife Can Continue Cancer Treatment Abroad

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A husband whose wife has been diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer is desperately raising money for her to have treatment which isn’t available on...

Dog 'Who Brought Couple Together' Becomes Bridesmaid After Owner's Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

Caters | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A pooch who brought her owners together was chief bridesmaid at a last-minute wedding planned after the bride was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Gues...

How To Spot The Warning Signs Of Bowel Cancer

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

People born in the ‘90s have double the risk of developing bowel cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer compared to those born in the 1950s,...

Generations Of Lynch Syndrome Families Devastated By Cancer - Why Aren't We Doing More?

Deborah Alsina | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah Alsina

Caused by a fault in a group of genes known as 'mismatch repair' genes - Lynch syndrome leaves people at dramatically greater risk of developing bowel cancer. In fact, their risk can be as high as 80%, and they're also at higher risk of other cancers like womb, stomach and ovarian.

A Letter To My Body On The Eve Of Chemotherapy

Kimberley Burbidge | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kimberley Burbidge

I promise to do my best to eat well, however little I may want to. I will adhere to the practical insights of chemo survivors. Above all I will keep warm. Peripheral neuropathy, in which the nerves at the extremities of the body, fingers and toes, are attacked is very common with my type of chemo, oxaliplatin

This Is What The Most Advanced Bowel Cancer Trial Is Doing For Patients

Dr. Sam Godfrey | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sam Godfrey

Stuart has terminal bowel cancer but is a remarkable man. What struck me talking to him for this week's podcast was how he shoulders this burden wit...

Seeing Is Believing. A Desire To Personify My Cancer

Kimberley Burbidge | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kimberley Burbidge

Cancer feels to me like a faceless foe. People talk of fighting, and beating cancer, but how can you fight what you cannot comprehend or see? At some point soon my fight will involve chemotherapy; transparent, toxic and potent fluids committed to fighting for me.

Alcohol - How Does It Give Us Cancer?

Lucy Eccles | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Eccles

Research by World Cancer Research Fund shows that drinking alcohol is linked to an increased risk of several cancers: bowel, breast, mouth and throat, oesophageal, stomach and liver. In the UK, 21,000 cases of cancer could be prevented each year if nobody drank alcohol, but how does alcohol actually interact with us to cause such a drastic effect?

Patience Is A Virtue, But It Won't Save The NHS

Kimberley Burbidge | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Kimberley Burbidge

Many of us will have grown up knowing variations of the playground rhyme Patience is a virtue, virtue is a grace, and grace is a little girl who would...

Cancer Self Exams Can Be Frightening. What To Do

Karin Sieger | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

By the time I found a lump in my breast the cancer had already spread to my lymph nodes. What might have happened, if I had checked myself more regularly? Who knows. I have decided there is no point in dwelling on it.

One Fifth Of Bowel Cancer Patients Being Diagnosed In A&E - Despite Months Of Symptoms

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Doctors are failing to detect early signs of bowel cancer in one in five patients, new research suggests. According to National Cancer Registry data, ...

If You're 'Thin On The Outside And Unhealthy On The Inside' You Could Be At Risk Of This

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Being “thin on the outside” but having an unhealthy lifestyle increases bowel cancer risk, according to a study. Writing in the journal PLOS medi...

‘Hollyoaks’ Star Mistook Bowel Cancer Symptoms For Reaction To Spicy Food

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Entertainment

‘Hollyoaks’ star Ben Richards has revealed he initially dismissed symptoms of bowel cancer as a reaction to the spicy food he ate during a trip to...

Why Bowel Cancer Patients Should Eat More Oily Fish

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Eating oily fish could reduce the risk of death among people with bowel cancer, a new study has found. Researchers said patients with bowel cancer mi...

Miracle 'Cure' Prevents Thousands of Bowel Cancer Deaths

Mark Flannagan | Posted 24.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Flannagan

If this headline referred to some new drug treatment the news would be worldwide. But we can actually make bowel cancer a cancer that almost no one di...

I Thought Cancer In My 20s Had Left Me Infertile - Now I Can't Wait to Become a Dad

Paul Simms | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Simms

My wife's expecting our first daughter in August this year, and I can't wait. I'm so excited about being a dad. But rewind just a few short years, and I could never have imagined this would be happening to me. Because my cancer surgeon had just uttered the words "the treatment will almost certainly leave you infertile".

Why the Wait When Lives Are Being Lost?

Deborah Alsina | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah Alsina

Screening can detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms, when it is easier to treat. Sometimes it can prevent bowel cancer from even developing in the first place by picking up non-cancerous growths (polyps) which could become cancerous in the future.

The Taboo Topic - Let's Talk About Our Bowels

Dr Anton Emmanuel | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Anton Emmanuel

It's no surprise that we're often unwilling to talk about our bowels, but if we were more open about the number of trips we take to the bathroom or spoke freely about changes in colour, odour, and texture then it could be truly life changing. Important health issues could be diagnosed and addressed much sooner.