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PBAC rejects applications for advanced bowel cancer treatments Bowel cancer patients with advanced disease will have to wait for improved access to targeted treatments Vectibix (panitumumab) and Stivarga (regorafenib).
New Resource: RAS Biomarker Testing Bowel Cancer Australia has just launched a new patient resource – RAS Biomarker Testing: an important step towards personalised, targeted treatment for advanced bowel cancer patients.
Colon cancer risk increases with BMI A large UK study has provided further evidence that excess body fat contributes to some of the most common cancers including colon cancer.   The study followed more than 5.24 million people for an average of seven years, during which time 166,955 people developed cancer.
Nine Mile: Apples working for bowel cancer awareness Around the country, hundreds of thousands of apples each week are now contributing to bowel cancer awareness through the support of a new apple packing facility in Tynong, Victoria.
Bowel cancer blood test pilot   The first commercially available blood test for bowel cancer is being trialled in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.   Early research has shown the blood test can detect at least 65% of bowel cancer cases.  It is primarily intended for people who cannot, or will not, carry out recommended screening with a faecal immunochemical test (FIT).
Stomas: A hidden accessory   Recently a photo of a girl in a bikini went viral. She was young and attractive but that doesn’t get you over nine million views! It was 23 year old Bethany Townsend’s accessories that caught people’s attention – two colostomy bags.   Receiving a bowel cancer diagnosis is often a shock but with many people, the fear of having ‘a bag’ (stoma) is almost equal to the cancer diagnosis itself.
Improved treatment results rely on more sophisticated genetic testing Australian patients with advanced bowel cancer may be eligible to access cetuximab (Erbitux) as a first line treatment free of charge this year under a new special access program by pharmaceutical company Merck Serono.
Bowel cancer also affects financial health The impact of a bowel cancer diagnosis extends well beyond the physical and even emotional health of the patient.   According to the My Cancer, My Voice survey of almost 300 bowel cancer patients, the adverse effect on a family’s financial health is one of the main concerns of patients.
Vitamin D linked to improved survival rates for bowel cancer The potential benefits of Vitamin D for bowel cancer patients continues to increase with new research finding higher levels of Vitamin D after a bowel cancer diagnosis may have a positive effect on survival.
Bowel Cancer Awareness Underwear Collection Aussie Made Tuffys & Tuffetts™ Proudly Supporting Bowel Cancer Australia!   Tuffys & Tuffetts™ are very excited to announce their support for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month by donating $5.00 from each pair of underwear sold from the Tuffys & Tuffetts™ Bowel Cancer Underwear Collection to the charity.

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Bowel Cancer Pathway

Bowel cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable.  Whether you are seeking information about diet, screening or a bowel cancer diagnosis, our pathways help to explain and guide you through your journey.

Having the right information and an understanding of what is happening can help you play an active part in your health care, and help you better understand your treatment and medication.

Certainly, your medical team are the experts in the disease but it is your life, your illness, your body.  Don’t be rushed into making decisions before you’ve had a chance to reflect and don’t be frightened to ask about anything you don’t understand.  Be confident to ask about the choices available to you, and seek a second opinion to gain more information before making any decision.

Reset. Accelerate. Communicate.

The Bowel Cancer 2016 Challenge, released in March 2013, sets out three key goals to be achieved by 2016.  The overall objectives relate to a significantly increased profile of bowel cancer within Australia and improvements for bowel cancer patients.

A key goal relates specifically to the Government's National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.  The Challenge offers practical and cost effective recommendations to maximise the potential of this life-saving program, such as having it reflect Australia's own medical guidelines.  It's not too much to ask.

These goals are not new.  They follow on from the 2012 Challenge.  The Bowel Cancer 2016 Challenge has been developed to ensure these vital goals stay on the nation's agenda.

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Healthy eating can be a challenge, particularly for bowel cancer patients.  Making things easier and providing practical support is really important to us here at BCA, so check out the helpful high and low fibre recipes, put together by Nutrition Adviser, Teresa.

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