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A selection of research publications by member doctors and researchers include –
 

2011

  • Abraham, S., Kellow, J. Exploring eating disorder quality of life and functional gastrointestinal disorders among eating disorder patients. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2011; 70:372-377.
  • Large, M., Smith, G., Sharma, S., Nielssen, O., Singh, S. Systematic review and meta-analysis of the clinical factors associated with the suicide of psychiatric in-patients. Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica. 2011; 124:18-9.
  • Mitchell, S., Huizer-Pajkos, A., Cogger, V., McLachlan, A., Le Couteur, D., Jones, B., de Cabo, R., Hilmer, S. Age-related pseudocapillarization of the liver sinusoidal endothelium impairs the hepatic clearance of acetaminophen in rats. Journals of Gerontology. Series A: Biological Sciences & Medical Sciences. 2011; 66:400-408.
  • Pang, T., Fung, T., Samra, J., Hugh, T., Smith, R. Pyogenic liver abscess: An audit of 10 years' experience. World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2011; 17:1622-1630.
  • Rahbari, N., Garden, O., Padbury, R., Maddern, G., Koch, M., Hugh, T., Fan, S., Nimura, Y., Figueras, J., Vauthey, J., Rees, M., Adam, R., Dematteo, R., Greig, P., Usatoff, V., Banting, S., Nagino, M., Capussotti, L., Yokoyama, Y., Brooke-Smith, M., Crawford, M., Christophi, C., Makuuchi, M., B��chler, M., Weitz, J. Post-hepatectomy haemorrhage: a definition and grading by the International Study Group of Liver Surgery (ISGLS). HPB. 2011; 13:528-535.
  • Samra, J., Bachmann, R., Choi, J., Gill, A., Neale, M., Puttaswamy, V., Bell, C., Norton, I., Cho, S., Blome, S., Maher, R., Gananadha, S., Hugh, T. One hundred and seventy-eight consecutive pancreatoduodenectomies without mortality: role of the multidisciplinary approach. Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International. 2011; 10:415-421.
  • Shim, L., Jones, M., Prott, G., Morris, L., Kellow, J., Malcolm, A. Predictors of outcome of anorectal biofeedback therapy in patients with constipation. Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics. 2011; 33:1245-51.


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2010

  • Alvarado-Bachmann, R., Choi, J., Gananadha, S., Hugh, T., Samra, J. The infracolic approach to pancreatoduodenectomy for large pancreatic head tumours invading the colon. European journal of surgical oncology : the journal of the European Society of Surgical Oncology and the British Association of Surgical Oncology. 2010; 36:1220-4.
  • Boyd, C., Abraham, S., Kellow, J. Appearance and disappearance of functional gastrointestinal disorders in patients with eating disorders. Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society. 2010; 22:1279-83.
  • Facek, M., Receveur, I., Darbar, A., Richardson, A., Leibman, S., Smith, G. Prosthesis related sepsis following laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2010; 80:506-509.
  • Gill, A., Chou, A., Vilain, R., Clarkson, A., Lui, M., Jin, R., Tobias, V., Samra, J., Goldstein, D., Smith, C., Sioson, L., Parker, N., Smith, R., Sywak, M., Sidhu, S., Wyatt, J., Robinson, B., Eckstein, R., Benn, D., Clifton-Bligh, R. Immunohistochemistry for SDHB Divides Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GISTs) into 2 Distinct Types. The American journal of surgical pathology. 2010; 34:636-44.
  • Hall, G., Clarkson, A., Shi, A., Langford, E., Leung, H., Eckstein, R., Gill, A. Immunohistochemistry for PMS2 and MSH6 alone can replace a four antibody panel for mismatch repair deficiency screening in colorectal adenocarcinoma. Pathology. 2010; 42:409-413.
  • Kellow, J. IBS: Do we need to exclude exocrine pancreatic insufficiency in IBS?. Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology. 2010; 7:479-480.
  • Kellow, J. Introduction: a practical evidence-based approach to the diagnosis of the functional gastrointestinal disorders. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2010; 105:743-746.
  • Mitchell SJ, Hilmer SN, Kirkpatrick CMJ, Hansen RD, Williamson DA, et al. Estimation of lean body weight in older women with hip fracture. Accepted April 2010, The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging.
  • Pang, T., Kuo, S., Hugh, T., Davidson, T., Eckstein, R., Bell, C., Samra, J. The role of peribiliary cysts in biliary obstruction. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2010; 80:699-702.
  • Prott, G., Shim, L., Hansen, R., Kellow, J., Malcolm, A. Relationships between pelvic floor symptoms and function in irritable bowel syndrome. Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society. 2010; 22:764-9.
  • Schnitzler, M. Management Challenges Following Rectal Cancer Treatment. In: When Cancer Crosses Disciplines: A Physician's Handbook. London, UK: Imperial College Press 2010. p. 465-486.
  • Shim, L., Prott, G., Hansen, R., Simmons, L., Kellow, J., Malcolm, A. Prolonged balloon expulsion is predictive of abdominal distension in bloating. American journal of Gastroenterology. 2010; 105:883-887. 
  • Smithers, B., Fahey, P., Corish, T., Gotley, D., Falk, G., Smith, G., Kiroff, G., Clouston, A., Watson, D., Whiteman, D. Symptoms, investigations and management of patients with cancer of the oesophagus and gastro-oesophageal junction in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia. 2010; 193:572-577. 
  • Suttor, V., Prott, G., Hansen, R., Kellow, J., Malcolm, A. Evidence for pelvic floor dyssynergia in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. 2010; 53:156-160.
  • Wang, S., Bester, L., Burnes, J., Clouston, J., Hugh, T., Little, A., Padbury, R., Price, D. Clinical care and technical recommendations for yttrium microsphere treatment of liver cancer. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology. 2010; 54:178-187.


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2009

  • Lloyd BD, Williamson DA, Singh NA, Hansen RD, Fiatarone Singh MA, et al. Recurrent and injurious falls in the year following hip fracture: a prospective study of incidence and risk factors from the Sarcopenia and Hip Fracture Study. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 2009; 64A(5): 599-609.
     
  • Fiatarone Singh MA, Singh NA, Hansen RD, Finnegan TP, Allen BJ, et al. Methodology and baseline characteristics for the Sarcopenia and Hip Fracture Study: a 5-year prospective study. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 2009; 64A(5): 568-574.
     
  • Shanley, S., Fung, C., Milliken, J., Leary, J., Barnetson, R., Schnitzler, M., Kirk, J. Breast cancer immunohistochemistry can be useful in triage of some HNPCC families. Familial cancer. 2009; 8:251-5.
  • Radajewski, R., Hazebroek, E., Berry, H., Leibman, S., Smith, G. Short-term symptom and quality-of-life comparison between laparoscopic Nissen and Toupet fundoplications. Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus / I.S.D.E. 2009; 22:84-8. \
  • Anandacoomarasamy, A., Giuffre, B., Leibman, S., Caterson, I., Smith, G., Fransen, M., Sambrook, P., March, L. Delayed gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of cartilage: clinical associations in obese adults. Journal of Rheumatology. 2009; 36:1056-1062.
  • Anandacoomarasamy, A., Smith, G., Leibman, S., Caterson, I., Giuffre, B., Fransen, M., Sambrook, P., March, L. Cartilage defects are associated with physical disability in obese adults. Rheumatology. 2009; 48:1290-1293.
  • Anandacoomarasamy, A., Caterson, I., Leibman, S., Smith, G., Sambrook, P., Fransen, M., March, L. Influence of BMI on Health-related Quality of Life: Comparison Between an Obese Adult Cohort and Age-matched Population Norms. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.). 2009; 17:2114-8.
  • Bennett, E., Evans, P., Dowsett, J., Kellow, J. Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction: psychosocial distress correlates with manometric dyskinesia but not stenosis. World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2009; 15:6080-6085.
  • Friesen, N., Hansen, R., Abraham, S., Kellow, J. Fructose-sorbitol ingestion provokes gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with eating disorders. World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2009; 15:5295-5299.
  • Suttor, V., Ng, C., Rutkowski, S., Hansen, R., Kellow, J., Malcolm, A. Colorectal responses to distension and feeding in patients with spinal cord injury. American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. 2009; 296:G1344-G1349.
  • Kellow, J. Myenteric plexitis in enteric dysmotility: what are the implications for clinical practice?. Gut. 2009; 58:1042-1043.
  • Soon, P., Tacon, L., Gill, A., Bambach, C., Sywak, M., Campbell, P., Yeh, M., Wong, S., Clifton-Bligh, R., Robinson, B., Sidhu, S. miR-195 and miR-483-5p Identified as Predictors of Poor Prognosis in Adrenocortical Cancer. Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. 2009; 15:7684-7692,
     
  • Meyer-Rochow, G., Soon, P., Delbridge, L., Sywak, M., Bambach, C., Clifton-Bligh, R., Robinson, B., Sidhu, S. Outcomes of minimally invasive surgery for phaeochromocytoma. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2009; 79:367-370.
  • Warusavitarne, J., McDougall, F., de Silva, K., Barnetson, R., Messina, M., Robinson, B., Schnitzler, M. Restoring TGFbeta function in microsatellite unstable (MSI-H) colorectal cancer reduces tumourigenicity but increases metastasis formation. International journal of colorectal disease. 2009; 24:139-44.
  • Hazebroek, E., Koak, Y., Berry, H., Leibman, S., Smith, G. Critical evaluation of a novel DualMesh repair for large hiatal hernias. Surgical endoscopy. 2009; 23:193-6.  


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2008

  • Gill, A., Johns, A., Eckstein, R., Samra, J., Kaufman, A., Chang, D., Merrett, N., Cosman, P., Smith, R., Biankin, A., Kench, J. Synoptic reporting improves histopathological assessment of pancreatic resection specimens. Pathology. 20081-7.
  • Reeve, T., Ihre-Lundgren, C., Poole, A., Bambach, C., Barraclough, B., Sidhu, S., Sywak, M., Edhouse, P., Delbridge, L. The University of Sydney Endocrine Surgery Database: 50 years of data accrual. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2008; 78:7-12.
  • Soon, P., Yeh, M., Delbridge, L., Bambach, C., Sywak, M., Robinson, B., Sidhu, S. Laparoscopic surgery is safe for large adrenal lesions. European journal of surgical oncology : the journal of the European Society of Surgical Oncology and the British Association of Surgical Oncology. 2008; 34:67-70.
     
  • Hazebroek, E., Ng, A., Yong, D., Berry, H., Leibman, S., Smith, G. Evaluation of lightweight titanium-coated polypropylene mesh (TiMesh) for laparoscopic repair of large hiatal hernias. Surgical endoscopy. 2008; 22:2428-32.
  • Smith, G. Heller myotomy: is fundoplication necessary?. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2008; 78:839.
  • Gananadha, S., Samra, J., Smith, G., Smith, R., Leibman, S., Hugh, T. Laparoscopic ePTFE mesh repair of incisional and ventral hernias. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2008; 78:907-913.
  • Hazebroek, E., Ng, A., Yong, D., Berry, H., Leibman, S., Smith, G. Clinical evaluation of laparoscopic repair of large hiatal hernias with TiMesh. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2008; 78:914-917.
  • Hazebroek, E., Hazebroek, F., Leibman, S., Smith, G. Late presentation of gastric tube ulcer perforation after oesophageal atresia repair. Pediatric surgery international. 2008; 24:869-71.
  • Hazebroek, E., Smith, G. Objective Follow-up After Laparoscopic Repair of Large Type III Hiatal Hernia: Assessment of Safety and Durability. World journal of surgery. 2008; 32:1563-4; author reply 1565.
  • Smith, G., Hazebroek, E., Eckstein, R., Berry, H., Smith, W., Isaacson, J., Falk, G., Martin, C. Evaluation of DualMesh for repair of large hiatus hernia in a porcine model. Surgical endoscopy. 2008; 22:1625-31.
  • Hazebroek, E., Gananadha, S., Koak, Y., Berry, H., Leibman, S., Smith, G. Laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair: quality of life outcomes in the elderly. Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus / I.S.D.E. 2008; 21:737-41.
  • Hazebroek, E., Hazebroek, F., Leibman, S., Smith, G. Total esophagogastric dissociation in adult neurologically impaired patients with severe gastroesophageal reflux: an alternative approach. Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus / I.S.D.E. 2008; 21:742-5.
  • Gananadha, S., Hazebroek, E., Leibman, S., Berry, H., Osgood, L., Shon, I., Pavlakis, N., Marx, G., Smith, G. The utility of FDG-PET in the preoperative staging of esophageal cancer. Diseases of the Esophagus. 2008; 21:389-394.
  • McCartney, E., Semendric, L., Helbig, K., Hinze, S., Jones, B., Weinman, S., Beard, M. Alcohol Metabolism Increases the Replication of Hepatitis C Virus and Attenuates the Antiviral Action of Interferon. The Journal of infectious diseases. 2008; 198:1766-75.
  • Haack, H., Hansen, R., Malcolm, A., Kellow, J. Ineffective oesophageal motility: manometric subsets exhibit different symptom profiles. World journal of gastroenterology. 2008; 14:3719-3724.
  • Talley, N., Kellow, J., Boyce, P., Tennant, C., Huskic, S., Jones, M. Antidepressant Therapy (Imipramine and Citalopram) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Digestive diseases and sciences. 2008; 53:108-15.
  • Gananadha, S., Samra, J., Smith, G., Smith, R., Leibman, S., Hugh, T. Laparoscopic ePTFE mesh repair of incisional and ventral hernias. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2008; 78:907-913.
  • Samra, J., Gananadha, S., Hugh, T. Surgical management of carcinoma of the head of pancreas: extended lymphadenectomy or modified en bloc resection?. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2008; 78:228-236.
  • Kong, J., Gananadha, S., Hugh, T., Samra, J. Pancreatoduodenectomy: role of drain fluid analysis in the management of pancreatic fistula. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2008; 78:240-244.  


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2007

  • Smith, G. Mesh repairs in hiatal surgery. The case for mesh repairs in hiatal surgery. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 2007; 89:481-483.
  • Kwan, V., Norton, I. Endoscopic management of non-variceal upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage. ANZ journal of surgery. 2007; 77:222-230.
  • Warusavitarne, J., Schnitzler, M. The role of chemotherapy in microsatellite unstable (MSI-H) colorectal cancer. International journal of colorectal disease. 2007; 22:739-48.
  • Kellow, J. The 'Pro' case. The Rome III criteria. Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society. 2007; 19:787-792.
  • Ng, C., Malcolm, A., Hansen, R., Kellow, J. Feeding and colonic distension provoke altered autonomic responses in irritable bowel syndrome. Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology. 2007; 42:441-446.
  • Cosman, P., Hemli, J., Ellis, A., Hugh, T. Learning the surgical craft: a review of skills training options. ANZ journal of surgery. 2007; 77:838-845.
     
  • Cosman, P., Shearer, C., Hugh, T., Biankin, A., Merrett, N. A novel approach to high definition, high-contrast video capture in abdominal surgery. Annals of surgery. 2007; 245:533-535.
  • Smith, R., Xue, A., Gill, A., Scarlett, C., Saxby, A., Clarkson, A., Hugh, T. High Expression of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-2 (PAI-2) is a Predictor of Improved Survival in Patients with Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma. World journal of surgery. 2007; 31:493-502.
  • Cosman, P., Hugh, T., Shearer, C., Merrett, N., Biankin, A., Cartmill, J. Skills acquired on virtual reality laparoscopic simulators transfer into the operating room in a blinded, randomised, controlled trial. Studies in health technology and informatics. 2007; 125:76-81.
  • Pattullo, V., Tomlinson, J., Bell, C. Gastrointestinal: Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome. Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology. 2007; 22:2362.  
 


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2006

  • Smith, R., Lee, A., Gottlieb, T., Eckstein, R., Meng, L. Another case of histoplasmosis in a nonendemic area. Pathology. 2006; 38:378-U11.
  • Hilmer, S., Heap, T., Eckstein, R., Lauer, C., Shenfield, G. Microscopic colitis associated with exposure to lansoprazole. The Medical journal of Australia. 2006; 184:185-6.
  • Smith, G., Yeo, D., Clark, J., Choy, E., Gao, K., Oates, J., O'brien, C. Measures of health-related quality of life and functional status in survivors of oral cavity cancer who have had defects reconstructed with radial forearm free flaps. The British journal of oral & maxillofacial surgery. 2006; 44:187-92.
  • Kwan, V., Church, N., Biankin, S., Norton, I., Jones, D., Falk, G. Serous cystadenoma causing biliary obstruction with synchronous pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia. Gastrointestinal endoscopy. 2006; 64:291-4.
  • Warusavitarne, J., Ramanathan, P., Kaufman, A., Robinson, B., Schnitzler, M. 5-Fluorouracil (5FU) treatment does not influence invasion and metastasis in microsatellite unstable (MSI-H) colorectal cancer. International journal of colorectal disease. 2006; 21:625-31.
  • Hansen, R., Haack, H., Kellow, J. Patients with low-amplitude simultaneous oesophageal contractions are notably similar to diffuse spasm patients in age, gender and symptom profile. Journal of clinical gastroenterology. 2006; 40:S171.
  • Kellow, J., Azpiroz, F., Delvaux, M., Gebhart, G., Mertz, H., Quigley, E., Smout, A. Applied principles of neurogastroenterology: physiology/motility sensation. Gastroenterology. 2006; 130:1412-20.
  • Scarlett, C., Saxby, A., Nielsen, A., Bell, C., Samra, J., Hugh, T., Baxter, R., Smith, R. Proteomic profiling of cholangiocarcinoma: Diagnostic potential of SELDI-TOF MS in malignant bile duct stricture. Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.). 2006; 44:658-66.
  • Hansen RD, Haack HG, Kellow JE. Clinical profiles of patients with simultaneous oesophageal contractions. Oral paper, OESO Congress, Avignon, France Sept. 2006; abstracted in J Clin Gastroenterol 2006; 40.
  • Ng C, Malcolm A, Hansen R, Kellow JE. Distension technique influences the relationship between colonic and rectal hypersensitivity in irritable bowel syndrome. Neurogastroenterology & Motility 2006; 18: 206-210.
  • Santos R, Haack HG, Maddalena D, Hansen RD, Kellow JE. Evaluation of artificial neural networks in the classification of primary oesophageal dysmotility. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 2006; 41: 257-263.
  • Samra, J., Gananadha, S., Gill, A., Smith, R., Hugh, T. Modified extended pancreatoduodenectomy: en bloc resection of the peripancreatic retroperitoneal tissue and the head of pancreas. ANZ journal of surgery. 2006; 76:1017-1020.
  • Scarlett, C., Saxby, A., Nielsen, A., Bell, C., Samra, J., Hugh, T., Baxter, R., Smith, R. Proteomic profiling of cholangiocarcinoma: Diagnostic potential of SELDI-TOF MS in malignant bile duct stricture. Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.). 2006; 44:658-66.
  • Beard, MR, Jones, BE. Hepatitis C virus and oxidative stress: a dangerous liaison. Future Virology 2006 March 1(2): 223-232.  
 


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2005

  • Smith, G., O'brien, C., Choy, E., Andruchow, J., Gao, K. Clinical outcome and technical aspects of 263 radial forearm free flaps used in reconstruction of the oral cavity. The British journal of oral & maxillofacial surgery. 2005; 43:199-204.
  • Dela Peña, A., Leclercq, I., Field, J., George, J., Jones, B., Farrell, G. NF-kappaB activation, rather than TNF, mediates hepatic inflammation in a murine dietary model of steatohepatitis. Gastroenterology. 2005; 129:1663-74.
  • MacPherson, R., Reeve, S., Stewart, T., Cunningham, A., Craven, M., Fox, G., Schnitzler, M. Effective strategy to guide pathology test ordering in surgical patients. ANZ journal of surgery. 2005; 75:138-43.
  • Wong, G., Teoh, N., Dowsett, J., Bell, C., Kellow, J. Complications of sphincter of Oddi manometry: biliary-like pain versus acute pancreatitis. Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology. 2005; 40:147-53.
  • Boyd C, Abraham S, Kellow J. Psychological features are important predictors of functional gastrointestinal disorders in patients with eating disorders. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 2005; 40: 929-935.
  • Ng C, Danta M, Kellow J, Badcock C, Hansen R, Malcolm A. Attenuation of the colorectal tonic reflex in female patients with irritable bowel syndrome. American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal & Liver Physiology 2005; 289: G489-G494.
  • Ng C, Prott G, Rutkowski S, Li Y, Hansen R, Kellow J, Malcolm A. Gastrointestinal symptoms in spinal cord injury: relationships with level of injury and psychologic factors. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2005; 48: 1562-1568.
  • Prott G, Hansen R, Badcock C, Kellow J, Malcolm A. What is the optimum methodology for the clinical measurement of resting anal sphincter pressure? Neurogastroenterology & Motility 2005; 17: 595-599.
  • Sevette A, Smith RC, Aslani A, Kee AJ, Hansen R, Barratt SMcG, Baxter RC. Does growth hormone allow more efficient nitrogen sparing in postoperative patients requiring parenteral nutrition? A double-blind, placebo-controlled randomised trial. Clinical Nutrition 2005; 24: 943-955.
  • Wong GS, Teoh N, Dowsett JD, Bell CJ, Kellow JE. Complications of sphincter of Oddi manometry: biliary-like pain versus acute pancreatitis. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 2005; 40: 147-153.
  • Dela Pena A, Leclercq I, Field J, George J, Jones B, Farrell G.  NF-kappaB activation, rather than TNF, mediates hepatic inflammation in a murine dietary model of steatohepatitis. Gastroenterology. 2005 Nov;129(5):1663-74.
  • Saxby, A., Samra, J., Hugh, T., Smith, R. Role of duodenojejunostomy in distal duodenal obstruction. ANZ journal of surgery. 2005. p. 177-8.
  • Samra, J., Sved, P., Sullivan, D., Hugh, T., Smith, R. Lipid metabolism in omental adipose tissue during operative surgery. The Journal of surgical research. 2005; 124:23-8.  
 


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2004

  • Smith, G., Isaacson, J., Draganic, B., Baladas, H., Falk, G. Symptomatic and radiological follow-up after para-esophageal hernia repair. Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus / I.S.D.E. 2004; 17:279-84.
  • Kellow, J. Small Bowel Disorders. In: Pathophysiology of the enteric nervous system: a basis for understanding functional diseases. Massachusetts, USA: Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2004. p. 134-146.
  • Tapner MJ, Jones BE, Wu WM, Farrell GC. Toxicity of low dose azathioprine and 6-mercaptopurine in rat hepatocytes. Roles of xanthine oxidase and mitochondrial injury.J Hepatol. 2004 Mar;40(3):454-63.
  • Aslani A, Cooper BA, Sevette A, Hansen RD, Smith RC. Comparison of methods of body water determination in gastrointestinal cancer patients undergoing surgery. International Journal of Body Composition Research 2004; 2: 149-153.
  • Ng C, Danta M, Prott G, Badcock CA, Kellow J, Malcolm A. Modulatory influences on antegrade and retrograde tonic reflexes in the colon and rectum. American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal & Liver Physiology 2004; 287: G962-966.
  • Raja C, Hansen R, Baber R, Allen B. Hip girth as a predictor of abdominal adiposity in post-menopausal women. Nutrition 2004; 20: 772-777.
  • Raja C, Hansen RD, Colagiuri S, Allen BJ. Validity of skinfolds in comparison to DXA for estimating adiposity in Aboriginal Australian women. International Journal of Body Composition Research 2004; 2: 75-77.
  • Saurine, T., Brewer, J., Eckstein, R. Microscopic colitis with granulomatous inflammation. Histopathology. 2004; 45:82-6.  
 


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2003

  • Benn, D., Croxson, M., Tucker, K., Bambach, C., Richardson, A., Delbridge, L., Pullan, P., Hammond, J., Marsh, D., Robinson, B. Novel succinate dehydrogenase subunit B (SDHB) mutations in familial phaeochromocytomas and paragangliomas, but an absence of somatic SDHB mutations in sporadic phaeochromocytomas. Oncogene. 2003; 22:1358-64.
  • Sidhu, S., Giquel, C., Bambach, C., Campbell, P., Magarey, C., Robinson, B., Delbridge, L. Clinical and molecular aspects of adrenocortical tumourigenesis. Anz Journal Of Surgery. 2003; 73:727-738.
  • Sackett, W., Bambach, C. Bilateral subtotal laparoscopic adrenalectomy for phaeochromocytoma. Anz Journal Of Surgery. 2003; 73:664-666.
  • Leeder, P., Smith, G., Dehn, T. Laparoscopic management of large paraesophageal hiatal hernia. Surgical endoscopy. 2003; 17:1372-5
  • Norton, I., Jones, D. Endoscopic ultrasound: diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Internal medicine journal. 2003; 33:26-32.
  • Barnetson, R., Eckstein, R., Robinson, B., Schnitzler, M. There is no increase in frequency of somatic mutations in metastases compared with primary colorectal carcinomas with microsatellite instability. Genes, chromosomes & cancer. 2003; 38:149-56.
  • Shannon, C., Kirk, J., Barnetson, R., Evans, J., Schnitzler, M., Quinn, M., Hacker, N., Crandon, A., Harnett, P. Incidence of microsatellite instability in synchronous tumors of the ovary and endometrium. Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. 2003; 9:1387-92.
  • Tobin, P., Dodds, H., Clarke, S., Schnitzler, M., Rivory, L. The relative contributions of carboxylesterase and beta-glucuronidase in the formation of SN-38 in human colorectal tumours. Oncology reports. 2003; 10:1977-9.
  • Wallace, J., Bell, C. Soluble inflammatory mediators in inflammatory bowel disease. In: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Spain: Churchill Livingstone 2003. p. 105-120.
  • Kellow, J., Lee, O., Chang, F., Thongsawat, S., Mazlam, M., Yuen, H., Gwee, K., Bak, Y., Jones, J., Wagner, A. An Asia-Pacific, double blind, placebo controlled, randomised study to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of tegaserod in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Gut. 2003; 52:671-6.
  • Hammett, R., Hansen, R., Lorang, M., Bak, Y., Kellow, J. Esophageal dysmotility and acid sensitivity in patients with mitral valve prolapse and chest pain. Diseases Of The Esophagus. 2003; 16(2):73-79.
  • Kellow, J. Principles of motility and sensation testing. Gastroenterology Clinics Of North America. 2003; 32:733-750.
  • Nowland, T., Malcolm, A., Roach, P. Eventration as a cause of thoracic uptake on In-111 octreotide scintigraphy. Clinical nuclear medicine. 2003; 28:524-5.
  • Barnetson, R., Eckstein, R., Robinson, B., Schnitzler, M. There is no increase in frequency of somatic mutations in metastases compared with primary colorectal carcinomas with microsatellite instability. Genes, chromosomes & cancer. 2003; 38:149-56.  
 


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2002

  • Jones B, Liu H, Lo C, Koop D, and Czaja M. Cytochrome P4502E1 expression induces hepatocyte resistance to cell death from oxidative stress. Antioxidants and Redox Signaling 4: 701-709, 2002.
  • Liu H, Jones BE, Bradham C, and Czaja MJ. Increased cytochrome P-450 2E1 expression sensitizes hepatocytes to c-Jun-mediated cell death from TNF-alpha. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 282: G257-266., 2002.  


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2000

  • Jones BE, Lo CR, Liu H, Srinivasan A, Streetz K, Valentino KL, and Czaja MJ. Hepatocytes sensitized to tumor necrosis factor-a cytotoxicity undergo apoptosis through caspase-dependent and caspase-independent pathways. J Biol Chem 275: 705-712, 2000.
  • Jones BE, Lo CR, Lui H, Pradhan Z, Garcia L, Srinivasan A, Valentino KL, and Czaja MJ. Role of caspase activation and NF-kB signaling in hydrogen peroxide and superoxide induced hepatocyte apoptosis. Am J Physiol In Press, 2000.
  • Liu H, Lo CR, Jones BE, Pradhan Z, Srinivasan A, Valentino KL, Stockert RJ, and Czaja MJ. Inhibition of c-Myc expression sensitizes hepatocytes to tumor necrosis factor-induced apoptosis and necrosis. J Biol Chem 275: 40155-40162., 2000.  
 


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Lorna's story (56, NSW)

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As a registered nurse for over 30 years, I understand the value of good health and pride myself in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I see my GP every year for routine blood tests and always attend for routine mammogram when requested. However, when the bowel screening test arrived, I put it in a cupboard until I had time....

Carol's story (63, QLD)

1

The main symptom that led to my diagnosis of bowel cancer was a change in my bowel habits, which I discussed with my GP. I was referred to a gynaecologist who diagnosed a uterine prolapse, which affects the working of the bowel, and was sent to a physiotherapist who put together an exercise program for me to help with the problem. When I went back to the gynaecologist after 12 months as requested, I was still having bowel problems so he recommended a colonoscopy....

Sharon's story (47, QLD)

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My journey with bowel cancer came as a surprise to me, even though I have an extensive family history of the disease due to Lynch Syndrome (a type of inherited cancer of the digestive tract). My mother, brother and uncle have all had bowel cancer and survived to tell the tale. I suppose I thought it wouldn’t happen to me as I have always been healthy, eaten lots of fruit and veggies plus I’m quite a positive person....

Stacey B's story (29, WA)

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I went to my GP in early 2009 complaining of tiredness and lethargy, rectal bleeding and a change in my bowel habits.  But because of my age and the fact that I had recently given birth, I was given only a blood test and told that further investigation wouldn’t be necessary.  The blood test showed low iron levels so my tiredness was put down to that....

Amanda's story (37,WA)

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My mum was in her mid to late 40s when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She died at the age of 50, when I was 27, 11 years ago this year. Mum had experienced symptoms for some time, starting with bowel upsets, stomach pain and changes in her bowel habits. The doctors suggested it was gastro, then Irritable Bowel Syndrome - you name it, they suggested it. When I look back it felt as though they were fobbing her off. They never suggested looking into what was causing the problems....

Trevor's story (40, QLD)

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Life was quite normal, albeit very busy with a young family and a very time consuming career.  Things changed for me one night when I experienced severe stomach pains after eating a chicken sandwich and immediately self-diagnosed myself with "food poisoning."  The next morning I was severely sick and started to vomit. At this stage I thought I was getting better as I had got it all out of my system....

Robert's story (61, NSW)

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When I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer I was 61 years old, fit and healthy (at least I thought I was).  I was working in the entertainment industry with a part time job as a spruiker (sales motivator) and also did freelance work in the entertainment industry as a DJ/MC for various events. Approximately 6 years ago, during a prostate check at the local GP, my doctor found a mass on my appendix, protruding into my bowel, fortunately this was benign, however I still required a resection to the right side of my large bowel...

Maureen's story (55, QLD)

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When Maureen received a screening kit in the mail just after her 55th birthday, she had no reservations about doing the test. “It was just too simple not to do. The test was hygienic, quick to complete and extremely straight-forward,” she said. Just as well, because ultimately this unusual birthday present saved her life.  When the test returned a positive result, Maureen was not overly concerned as she had read in the accompanying booklet that the presence of blood may be due to conditions other than ca...

Brent C's story (64, NSW)

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Prior to her diagnosis in 2006, my wife’s concerns about her health were dismissed as a trivial condition because her only symptoms were occasional and very slight rectal bleeding. Each time she raised her concerns with her GP, the GP thought the bleeding was related to other things such as beetroot (we ate a lot of vegetables) or haemorrhoids. However after insisting, her GP finally ordered a colonoscopy which showed my wife had late stage bowel cancer, with metastases in the liver and lungs (stage 4)....

Nicole's story (41, VIC)

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My mother passed away with breast cancer when I was 10, so I have always been diligent with screening and looking after my health.  I would go to my doctor on a regular basis to make sure everything was all OK.   In February of this year I had been quite tired, had a lot of back and abdominal pain so I went for a check-up with my GP.  Blood tests taken read an Hb of 72 so I was called immediately to go to hospital for a blood transfusion.  From there I underwent a colonoscopy and gastroscopy to find out...

Felicity's story (38, VIC)

1

In August 2010 my life changed forever.  Nothing can prepare you for a bowel cancer diagnosis at just 38 years old.   I had been given what I thought was a routine colonoscopy to investigate the cause of my iron deficiency, which my doctor thought was probably due to an ulcer. But as I lay in bed in the recovery room after being told they had found a tumour, I remember thinking: ‘I’m too young.  I have a husband and two young boys.  This can’t be happening to me’.  ...

Stacey B's story (36, WA)

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My husband Peter was diagnosed with bowel cancer in June 2012 at age 36. He was referred for a colonoscopy by our GP as he had been experiencing rectal bleeding and a consistent change to his bowel habits. The colonoscopy results found a tumour which was biopsied and confirmed to be cancerous. Peter was then sent for a CT scan and MRI to confirm locations and check for the possibilities of metastasis....

Dale's story (49, TAS)

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Us men rarely go to doctors, let alone get our proper checks. But I recommend to all other men to please listen to your doctor and do exactly what they tell you. Put your faith and trust in them and you will be managed appropriately. I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer in 2011. Passing blood made me go to my GP to have a check-up. My GP suggested doing a Digital Rectal Examination and having a colonoscopy....

Carolina's story (33, NSW)

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I was six months pregnant with my first baby when I started experiencing blood in my stool. I talked to my obstetrician, who said that a little bleeding can often happen during pregnancy but that the amount I was experiencing sounded a little suspicious. She referred me to a gastroenterologist and I decided to wait until after my baby was born to book the appointment....

Jane's story (41, QLD)

1

In early November 2010 I noticed some weight loss and a change in my bowel habits, including rectal bleeding. I went to the doctor in mid-November and was diagnosed with anaemia and booked in for a colonoscopy later that month. I was told on the day of the colonoscopy that I had bowel cancer. The next step was surgery, a high anterior resection, which was done in mid-December. It all happened so quickly that I didn’t really have time to dwell on what was going on, but it never occurred to me before my diagnosis tha...

Richard (48, NT)

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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007. Ironically, I had just given up smoking and was trying to get fit. I was even riding my bike to work for exercise but I was feeling more and more tired. That’s when I knew something was wrong. Three months prior to my diagnosis, I had been experiencing stomach pains and eventually I ended up in the emergency department of hospital.   The doctors there thought I had Crohn’s disease and arranged for me to have a CT scan. That’s when they discovered the tumour....

David B's story (65, NSW)

1

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1993 at the age of 47.  I had taken a Rotary Bowelscan test (FOBT) and, when it returned a positive result in May, my GP referred me to a specialist.  I was given a colonoscopy in June and told I had a 10 per cent chance of having cancer… turns out, I was in that unlucky 10 per cent!  In July I had a bowel resection.  Looking back, it all happened so quickly.   I felt I coped really well with the cancer at the time but I experienced more problems about se...

Renay's story (41, VIC)

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I used to think cancer was the worst thing that had ever happened to me until it became the best thing. This might sound crazy but it is true. I am a wife and mother to a now 6 year old son. I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in May 2011 at the age of 41. I had been suffering from exhaustion, stomach pain and unusual bowel habits for three or four months and finally saw my GP when the pain started getting much worse....

Christine's story (54, QLD)

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Kim was diagnosed with bowel cancer in June 2012 and passed away on 8th May 2013. We are just coming up to 6 months since his passing and I am here to share his dreadful journey. Kim was being treated for constipation, no bleeding or anything to let us know there was a problem. After 10 days he started vomiting and I took him to the hospital in Brisbane. He spent a week in hospital to clear his bowel, then a big op to remove a large cancer in his bowel that had burst through the bowel wall. He had chemo 24/7 but still h...

Helen's story (65, NSW)

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Unlike many people, I had a lot of symptoms before I was diagnosed with bowel cancer.     I saw my doctor many times about the ongoing pains in my stomach, back and bottom and the mucous in my bowel motions but was told I was probably suffering emotional strain or irritable bowel syndrome.     I was given blood tests but they never revealed anything significant.  It felt like doctors gave me the run-around for nearly a year until I finally found one who took me seriously. ...

Carolyn's story (45, VIC)

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When I was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer in 2006, I was 45 years old. I am a wife and a mother of three (now 23, 20 & 16 years old) and an office manager.  I had no family history of bowel cancer and I led a healthy lifestyle before my diagnosis, although I was told further along the process that I carry the HNPCC gene, which is a strong indicator of the disease. ...

Aly's story (57, VIC)

1

It’s hard not having control and not knowing what is happening. I first went to my GP in Nov 2011 after a government bowel screen test sent back a positive result for blood in the stools. My GP recommended a colonoscopy, which I had in late February 2012. I was shocked to find out I had rectal cancer. There was no indication and no family history of bowel cancer either....

Ann's story (37, ACT)

1

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 37, totally unexpected at such a young age. The only real experience I’d had with the disease was watching my grandfather live with a colostomy bag after the removal of his bowel when I was a child. But I no longer consider this an ‘old man’s disease’....

John S' story (65, NSW)

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I was diagnosed with stage one bowel cancer at the age of 62. Everything seemed to happen so quickly. I took part in the Rotary Bowelscan program in April and in early June received notification that my test results were positive. I saw my GP on 6 June and she booked a colonoscopy for 7 July. Just four days later I was having an x-ray and CT scan, which revealed a 4cm tumour on my sigmoid colon. By the end of July I had seen a surgeon, who recommended an operation to remove the tumour and outlined my treatment options....

Antonia's story (62, QLD)

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I had not been feeling well for a couple of months, tired, lost weight, feeling sick, and then I had 2 episodes of rectal bleeding, the second worse than the first. I went to my GP, after having done some research. I wanted a referral for a colonoscopy. My GP was initially hesitant to refer me on as he thought it was possibly only haemorrhoids, I knew this wasn’t correct. I had blood tests and I was referred to a general surgeon for a colonoscopy. A week after the colonoscopy, the specialist looking after me told...

Richard's story (63, NSW)

1

I successfully beat prostate cancer in 2007 so being diagnosed with bowel cancer so soon after came as a real shock. I did the Rotary bowel cancer test (FOBT) in March 2009 and the results were negative. But later that year, my bowel habits began to change – mainly increased urgency and frequency – and when I twice noticed blood in my stools I decided to take the FOBT again. This time the results were positive.   I was overseas when the results came through in April 2010 so I talked to my GP in Australia...

Damien's story (26, VIC)

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When I was first diagnosed with bowel cancer I did not have enough time to feel ‘sad’ or ‘worry’ too much. I am naturally an optimistic person and an ‘action man’. “I can get through this!” I thought to myself. Prior to my diagnosis at age 26, I had been experiencing dull pains in my pelvic area for 3 to 4 years, extending up through to my belly button and around to the right side of my body....

Geoffrey's story (70, NSW)

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Six years ago at 64, I began to notice blood in my stool and reported it straight away to my GP, who referred me to a colorectal surgeon.  A colonoscopy revealed cancer and an operation was recommended as my best option. I’d estimate that from the moment I noticed the blood to finally being operated on took no more than six weeks, which isn’t very long to come to terms with the fact of bowel cancer.  I was given an ileostomy during surgery, which also took some getting used to....

David G's story (51, NSW)

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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer (first stage) at the age of 51 as a result of a routine check-up with my GP. Previously I had no symptoms or warning signs of the cancer. During a check-up with my GP I asked about the Government Screening Kit which I had received but ignored. My GP handed me another kit and recommended I do it. I undertook the stool test which came back positive. My GP recommended I have a colonoscopy as soon as possible - it was booked and undertaken two weeks later. Three weeks later I went in for s...

Katie's story (35, WA)

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My brother Jeff was just 31 when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He passed away nearly two years later in June 2013. He left behind his beautiful wife Nicole and two gorgeous daughters, aged six and four. Jeff did not have any symptoms that rang any alarm bells until he started to feel like he had no energy. He looked pale and we urged him to visit his doctor for some blood tests which showed him to be anaemic. He then had a colonoscopy and gastroscopy, which showed up a large doughnut- shaped tumour in his colon....

Kathy's story (47, WA)

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During a routine pap smear in August 2011, I mentioned to my doctor that I’d had an uncle who died from bowel cancer at only 51. Immediately the doctor suggested I give a stool sample and, when the results came back positive, a colonoscopy was arranged. A small tumour was found during the procedure, which fortunately was only at stage one. My doctors recommended surgery to remove the tumour as my best option so I went ahead with an operation. No stoma was required. I started chemotherapy after surgery to help minimise...

Lorraine (50, NSW)

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We all need to know that cancer does not discriminate. I am a healthy fit woman, with no history of bowel cancer in my family, yet it affected me. I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 50 after participating in the National Bowel Cancer Screening program. I received the positive results approximately two weeks after sending the test away....

Helen's story (44, QLD)

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My experience with bowel cancer began with a niggly pain, not unlike wind pain, that lasted for about 10 days. I had always suffered with endometriosis so I put the pain down to that. Thankfully my husband encouraged me to go and get checked out. When the doctor examined my tummy it was very painful. The doctor diagnosed me as having a burst appendix and before I knew it, I was flown out from our small town to the nearest teaching hospital. I spent three days there on intravenous antibiotics to reduce what they thought...

Kylie's story (36, QLD)

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I had been seeing bright red blood in my stools for between four and six weeks before I saw a doctor.   Because a similar thing had happened after my children (now four and six years old) were born, the experience wasn’t totally unfamiliar to me.  I felt otherwise OK and my energy levels were normal. Nothing felt unusual or different. I had a sigmoidoscopy on my doctor’s orders on 19 April 2010 and they found a growth which they biopsied....

Eileen's story (50, NSW)

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Even though there is a history of bowel cancer in the family, I never thought it would happen to me. My diet had been considerably healthy throughout my life and I had previously used a Rotary Bowelscan kit, which had come back clear. This all changed in July 2007 when I was diagnosed with Dukes stage 3 bowel cancer....

Monica's story (85, QLD)

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My bowel cancer diagnosis was a huge shock. I had been experiencing frequent constipation, a general change in bowel habits and some rectal bleeding, all of which my GP felt needed further investigation. I was referred for a colonoscopy and endoscopy in order to pinpoint the source of the problem....

Hollie's story (24, WA)

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Despite experiencing horrible stomach pains and bloating and visiting a few different GPs about my symptoms, I was told I had IBS and female problems. My mother has Crohns so I finally found a GP who would send me for a colonoscopy to test me for this. After being on the waiting list for a while I finally had a colonoscopy in April 2011; however, it had to be abandoned due to the extreme pain I suffered during the procedure. I was scheduled to have another colonoscopy as they had found a polyp during the first procedure. Th...

Brent R's story (32, VIC)

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I’ve seen the effects of bowel cancer first hand and know I never want to go through it. My Dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer in February 2000. He was just 49 years old. He had had some rectal bleeding and back pain so went to the GP who sent him for a colonoscopy. After this plus scans and blood tests, Dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer which had spread to the liver. He had successful surgery to remove the cancer from the bowel but when the surgeons opened him up to remove the tumour from his liver, they discovere...

Russell's story (72, NSW)

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Let me introduce you to an insidious silent killer.   My name is Russ and I have been a Rotarian for 42 years.  It was 1996 when I was asked to take on the role of District Chairman for Rotary Bowelscan, a project designed to raise community awareness of bowel cancer and encourage early detection.  With the participation of pharmacies around Australia, Rotary Bowelscan sells test kits designed to detect blood in the stool, which is one of the best early indicators of bowel cancer. ...

Anis' story (72, NSW)

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This story is about my father who was diagnosed with bowel cancer three days before Christmas in 2010 and passed away just five weeks later.   Dad was a young 72-year-old – he was healthy and active, ate well, enjoyed long walks, wouldn’t hesitate to climb up on the roof if necessary, and had never even been to hospital – so his diagnosis was a shock. He had lost his appetite and begun to lose weight about a month before his diagnosis but his doctor didn’t think it was a problem; in fact, he th...

Vicki's story (57, NSW)

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Some people are known for their sense of humour, some for their compassion, others for their courage.  Anyone who knew bowel cancer victim Vicki Morris will tell you she was all of this and more. Vicki’s husband Peter writes:  Cancer is one of those things that you think happens to someone else and it is a shock when it comes to your own household.  It doesn’t need to be a death sentence, but the odds are difficult to beat. It takes someone exceptional to deal with it as bravely as Vicki did....

Alan's story (48, WA)

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I got my Rotary bowel test kit from a chemist in 2009. The staff was giving them away so I thought I might as well do one. Two weeks later, the results of the test were sent to my GP and they were positive. I was on holiday in New Zealand when I received an email from the surgery asking me to contact my doctor as soon as possible. When I got back, I went straight to my doctor and was told I had bowel cancer....

Eve's story (51, VIC)

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I have been a vegetarian for over 30 years, have never smoked and have drank very little alcohol – so to get bowel cancer has been such a rude awakening. I feel I no longer have the security of my health and I worry that the cancer could come back at any time… I first started feeling something was wrong in January 2008. I suffer from many auto immune problems, including Sjogren’s syndrome which causes irritable bowel type symptoms (this threw my GP off the scent and complicated the situation even more)....

Bobby's story (57, NSW)

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My message to anyone out there reading this would be to stay positive and keep moving forward. Despite what I’ve been through I feel better now than I have in a long time. Prior to my diagnosis, I hadn’t been feeling well for some time. A driving holiday to Melbourne prompted me to see a doctor. I was fine sitting down but as soon as I stood up I had to rush to a toilet. Back in Sydney my GP sent me off for blood tests and a CT scan. The results showed my tumour markers were up so things were not looking good. A...

Mary-Anne's story (49, NT)

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When I was diagnosed with bowel cancer on 23 June 2011, I didn’t even ask what stage the cancer was at – I just wanted to know what I had to do to fight it. My initial symptoms were rectal bleeding, a change of bowel habit and stomach pain. Eighteen months prior, I had started bleeding and had a colonoscopy which showed nothing. The last colonoscopy five years prior to that had showed a polyp and an unknown growth, neither of which were diagnosed as a cancer. There is no family history of bowel cancer on eith...

Jo's story (45, NSW)

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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 44 years old.   I went to see my GP after about twelve months of changed bowel habits and intermittent rectal bleeding, which I assumed was caused by haemorrhoids.  The pain I had been experiencing on and off had become quite bad, so I wanted to talk to my GP about other treatment options.  I was given a colonoscopy as part of this visit – and that’s when they discovered the tumour in my rectum....

Sandy's story (38, NSW)

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Was it not for me having a totally random check-up back in 1999, I would not be alive today.  Still to this day I’m not quite sure what got me to go and have a check up as I was fit and healthy, but what happened next still amazes me. My Gastroenterologist calls me the “luckiest girl in the world” as having that check up saved my life.  Being told at 28 years old that had I not come in for a check-up I would have only had a couple of years to live was a huge wake up call for me.   So to me...

Gayle's story (53, QLD)

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In 2000 I was diagnosed with pneumonia. While I was in hospital the specialist did a cancer marker test which came back really high. However the subsequent colonoscopy was not very clear as the prep had not been very effective. In September 2011 I underwent a second colonoscopy as I was experiencing continual bad diarrhoea. During the procedure a carcinoid tumour was discovered....

Ben's story (28, VIC)

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I was 28 when I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2011. I’d had rectal bleeding, changed bowel habits and stomach pain for a while but had put off investigating the symptoms – I was living in China at the time so I figured it was either an intestinal infection that I couldn't seem to shake or a reaction to something I’d eaten. ...

Mandi's story (29, NSW )

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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 24 years old, just before I was due to leave for Europe with a group of girlfriends after finishing university. I had experienced some bleeding from my rectum only one week prior to this time, but at the time I really wasn’t too fussed about getting it looked at because I was so excited about my European adventure, and because of my age....

Chelsea's story (38, WA)

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It was very frightening to realise I might die and leave my two small children (aged 1 and 4 at diagnosis) without their mum after being diagnosed with Stage 3 rectal cancer at the age of 37 in April 2012. I noticed occasional rectal bleeding and after about six weeks I went to my GP. She didn’t think it was urgent but recommended a colonoscopy. After a six week wait and a substantial increase in rectal bleeding, the colonoscopy showed a tumour in my mid to low rectum, plus two polyps in my bowel. Over the next few...

Moya's story (69, NSW)

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In 2007, the government sent out free bowel cancer test kits to a range of people and I did my test as soon as I received it. The results indicated blood in my samples and I was told to see my GP immediately. I wasn't overly worried at this stage because I had seen blood in my stools on and off for some time and had always put this down to taking iron tablets, which can cause dietary problems like constipation.   After my GP appointment, things started to move very quickly, with a colonoscopy, blood tests, i...

Warren's story (31, ACT)

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I am 31 years old and happily married with two children (3 years and 18 months old) and another little boy on the way, due any time now. I'm an Australian  Federal Police Officer currently attached to the Specialist Response and Security Tactical Response Team. Bowel cancer was the last thing on my mind when I started to experience small amounts of rectal bleeding. ...

Lisa's story (41, NSW)

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I had rectal bleeding and abdomen pain for a year and a half before finally going back to my GP to tell her I thought the diagnosis of piles was wrong! At one point, there was so much blood and mucous that I thought I had haemorrhaged. My GP finally referred me to another doctor who gave me a colonoscopy in January 2008, where he discovered a tumour and a number of polyps, which were removed....

Margaret's story (50, VIC)

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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007 at the age of 50. I had been noticing changes in my bowel habits for some time but it wasn’t until my abdomen was severely distended and I lost the use of my bowels that I was admitted to hospital. I was on holiday in Port Douglas at the time, so I was taken to Mossman Hospital....

Barbara's story (60, NSW)

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I had a bowel cancer test in November 2006 which came back all clear, therefore when symptoms started occurring in February 2007 I ignored them, at the age of 57, blamed my new job, the change of lunch hours etc. Initially the symptoms were changes in my bowel habits, rectal bleeding with froth and bubbles. Eventually the symptoms started to get serious, with some stomach pain, a heaviness in the back passage and generally feeling uncomfortable. In September 2007 I couldn’t ignore any of this any longer....

Karen's story (45, NSW)

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In summary, over the last two years I have had three operations, two colonoscopies, six weeks of chemoadiation, four months of chemotherapy, an ileostomy, a hernia on my bowel surgery scar, gone through instant menopause and had to give up work. However, since going through bowel cancer, all my tests have been clear and my last CT is in September 2013, which will be two years since the operation....

Stephanie's story (21, QLD)

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I woke from what was supposed to be a routine, last resort colonoscopy and was advised that my undertaking of this small procedure had saved my life. I was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year in October 2012 at the age of 21....

Steve's story (66, NSW)

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Three weeks prior to my diagnosis I had been sent a National Bowel Screen Kit. I looked at it and thought, “I should really do that one day”. Needless to say, I left the kit on the bench and three weeks later ended up seeing my GP on a Wednesday afternoon for a prescription. At the time I complained of having had a slight pain in my abdomen. The GP asked to examine my abdomen and it was then he felt a mass....

Martin's story (60, NSW)

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My name is Martin and I’m a happily married father of three and grandfather of one, working as a General Manager in the building industry. I want people to hear my story so that they understand that bowel cancer can happen to anyone at any time. I was sent the bowel screen test kit in 2006. I took the test and the results came back negative. In mid-April 2011, I noticed blood in my stools and thankfully I acted immediately. I am normally a procrastinator, but in this instance I acted swiftly. I saw my GP straightaway...

Seher's story (30, NSW)

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My family was shocked by the news in April 2011 when first told my Dad had bowel cancer. It was difficult to process as my Dad is such a healthy man. Initially my Dad went to his GP to have a check up on his prostate. It was after his assessment that the GP was concerned Dad’s bowel may require further investigation. After discussing his health with his doctor it was apparent Dad had experienced a change in his bowel habits, was anaemic and had noticed gradual weight loss....

Vicki S' story (36, QLD)

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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1999 at 36 years of age. Twelve months prior to my diagnosis I had visited my GP and raised concerns about weight loss, rectal bleeding, changes in my bowel habit, stomach pain and feeling tired. My GP told me it was stress-related. After numerous visits I felt like I a hypochondriac so I stopped going to the doctor to report the same symptoms and accepted it was stress (even though I didn’t feel it was stress related). I was a single mother with two young children so I told myself...

Ian's story (65, QLD)

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“It’s an unusual birthday present, but it is probably the best gift I have received.” Ian, a retired merchant seaman, never thought the simple act of emptying his post box would ultimately save his life. At 65, Ian, like many Australians, was unaware the risk of developing bowel cancer increased with age. He was physically fit and believed he was in good health. As an active fisherman determined to make the most of his retirement, bowel cancer was the last thing on Ian’s mind....

Howard's story (52, QLD)

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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in February 2010 at the age of 51.  I was seeing a specialist at Toowoomba Hospital about my renal condition.  He asked if there were any other health problems; I mentioned the blood in my stool, which I had seen off and on for the last six years.  I didn’t think it that important, as I had had ulcerative colitis over the years.  My GP did not think it was a concern.  Also I had recently done a FOBT test as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening...

Sinead's story (31, NSW)

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I was only 26 when I went to my doctor concerned about changes in my bowel habits and feeling very tired. My doctor put it down to stress which frustrated me because I felt I wasn’t being listened to. I went to the ED and remember crying saying, “I know there is something wrong with me”. Coming from a medical background (registered nurse) I demanded to speak with a gastro specialist. The doctor who came along spoke and listened to me as human being, he was empathetic and asked the right questions. He s...

Joy's story (39, NSW)

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In May 2011 Mum began losing weight and starting experiencing pain on the right side of her abdomen. A colonoscopy discovered a large mass and she was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer. She was 66. Mum was treated with surgery and has since had chemotherapy. Sadly three months ago she started finding it difficult to speak. It seemed as though her nerves were not working effectively, causing her to not be able to eat or talk properly. At that point I didn’t have a good feeling about things so we went back to Mum&rsqu...

Brian's story (53, VIC)

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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in May 2011 after experiencing changes to my bowel habits over approximately 2 months, which was followed by abdominal pain.  This led me to my GP who thought the stomach upsets were nothing serious so prescribed a reflux medication and sent me on my way.    I soon returned to my GP after experiencing rectal bleeding, when he then referred me for a faecal occult blood test immediately. ...

Hazel's story (58, SA)

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If you have any irregularities in your bowel movements, don’t ignore it. See your GP straight away and don’t be embarrassed! The whole experience of being diagnosed with bowel cancer has been emotionally devastating for me. In February 2010, I noticed blood in my faeces and made an appointment to see my GP. I’d had bleeding from haemorrhoids before but this was different. I had also been experiencing an urgency to open my bowels for a few years which I had put down to my history of haemorrhoids....

Mary's story (43, VIC)

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Unlike many people, I had severe symptoms for some time before I got my diagnosis. For four weeks during the time of seeing my doctor and being diagnosed I had very bad stomach pains and was completely unable to eat.  My condition continued to deteriorate all the time – the stomach pain came and went, becoming sharper and more intense as time passed, and I was generally very sick. By the end of this 4 week period, I was unable to walk.   During this time I saw four GPs, each of whom had a different opinion...

Milly's story (30, VIC)

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I believe it is important for all of us to fight to be healthy. After experiencing years of diarrhoea and stomach pain, Mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 55. After a urinary infection that persisted, Mum’s doctor suggested an ultrasound where ‘masses’ were discovered on her bowels. She was then referred for an abdomen scan....

Peter F's story (41, NSW)

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Buying a $40 FOBT kit is so much cheaper when compared to your life. I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 40 after finally getting around to using an FOBT kit. I had purchased the kit in June 2012 and it sat in my cupboard until I finally used it in early September. The results came back positive....

Cris' story (34, QLD)

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I was only two years old when I lost my grandmother to bowel cancer. My Grandmother and my Auntie, were both diagnosed at ages 60 and 40 years respectively. By the time my grandmother was diagnosed, the cancer was terminal. My Auntie was checked out for bowel cancer due to the high family history of the disease. I was here in Australia when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer in Brazil. She had the chance to fight it but could not stand the pain caused by the radiotherapy treatments. I was fortunate enough to be able to vis...

Kersti's story (56, NSW)

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My story with bowel cancer began in February 2009 but if I’m honest, it began much earlier with symptoms of rectal bleeding and constipation which I didn’t follow up on with my GP. After my mum died, I went through a stage of not looking after myself; just lying on the lounge, eating way too much pizza and drinking excessively. I kept putting my symptoms down to haemorrhoids, bad diet and grief. My constipation was so bad I was twice forced to go to hospital. Scans were done but nothing showed up. On my third vis...

Gillian's story (62, VIC)

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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 58 years old. I’d had dull stomach pain and occasional bleeding for several months but it wasn’t until I saw a lot of blood in the toilet that I booked an appointment with my GP.  He sent me for a colonoscopy and I was referred to a surgeon within a week. I was very shocked when I was told I had cancer, but I tried to remain positive throughout my treatment and I really think that helped me cope....

Rick's story (63, NSW)

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I was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in September 2011 after seeing my GP about a very small amount of blood being present on my toilet paper. ** The GP asked me to get a home testing kit from the chemist, conduct the test and return it to him. The test showed it was a positive result so I was referred to another doctor to conduct a colonoscopy. The colonoscopy took place on September 26 and the results showed two tumours in my large bowel. I was booked in for a CT scan the next day. After the scan my doctor told...

Janice's story (29, NSW)

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 My father was a fit and healthy man. He ate well, never smoked, almost never drank to excess and played a lot of sports. As a result of old work and football injuries, he suffered from chronic knee and back pain for many years. He also suffered frequent digestive upsets, which he rationalised to be a side-effect of the anti-inflammatory medication he needed to take for his pain....

Donna's story (45, QLD)

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I would recommend for anyone reading this to please listen to your body, take notice of your symptoms and get it followed up with your doctor. We all need to push to get looked at when we think there is a problem, because like me, there probably is.  For a couple of years I had experienced bowel changes, which I mentioned to my GP but I was told my symptoms were related to others things. I was tested for coeliac disease as my brother is a coeliac; however, no further tests were done....

Ella's story (35, ACT)

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At the age of 35 I started experiencing rectal bleeding so my GP recommended I have a colonoscopy. The colonoscopy confirmed three growths located within my bowel. After seeing my GP it all happened within weeks, it all seemed so fast yet very professional. After being diagnosed I was required to undergo radiation and chemotherapy. Two weeks before Christmas I commenced my radiation cycle which included trips to radiology every day for 6 weeks and chemotherapy in a tablet form, which included 3 pills, twice a day....

Paula's story (54, WA)

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I was diagnosed in 2008 when I was 54. I had been complaining to doctors for years about various symptoms but I was never sent for tests – not even a bowel screen – until I started bleeding from the rectum. I’ve been an athlete for more than 26 years, competing in marathons, triathlons, even an IronMan event. When you run a lot, diarrhoea is quite common, so everyone – including doctors – kept telling me that my various symptoms were the result of an intense training schedule. I knew things wer...

Cherie's story (24, WA)

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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 24. Over the period of a few months, I noticed that the urge to go to the toilet was becoming more frequent but I assumed that was because I was pregnant. The other key symptom was severe pain in my tailbone area. I would later find out that this was where the tumour was, though at the time it was also attributed to pregnancy....

Stacey's story (35, SA)

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My symptoms were fairly vague.  In January 2010 I had one incident of a very upset tummy, I had had slight rectal bleeding for about 8 months but put it down to having haemorrhoids from having had a baby in the past year, and my bowel movements had been more regular. I was actually at the GP in January 2010 about getting my moles checked for cancer when right at the end I mentioned the above symptoms.  My GP who I now thank for my life, said that at my age I should have nothing and immediately referred me to a gas...

Alison's story (46, QLD)

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This story is about my mum’s ordeal with bowel cancer. She was diagnosed in 2005 at the age of 73, but her diagnosis had taken some time.  Her rectal bleeding was initially thought to be haemorrhoids, and the GP gave her a cream to treat the condition, but the bleeding persisted and, when she finally had a colonoscopy two months later, they found advanced bowel cancer....

Eve's story (22, SA)

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In 2005 when I was 14, my father was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer.  Dad was just 38 at the time and given a low chance of surviving five years.  That was eight years ago and he is still with us, happy and healthy today.   Finding out dad had bowel cancer was a complete shock.  Following his diagnosis, he underwent surgery and half of his large intestine was removed.  He then was prescribed Xeloda as chemotherapy and, like most cancer patients, experienced a lot of difficulty with the treatme...

Lynette's story (73, VIC)

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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 72 – just two weeks shy of my 73rd birthday. I’d experienced a little bit of rectal bleeding, but initially thought it was nothing and would go away. When it didn’t, I visited my GP who recommended a colonoscopy....

Ron's story (60, VIC)

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I’d had rectal bleeding and unusual bowel habits for six to eight weeks before going to see my GP in 2008. I was 60 at the time. My GP gave me an internal examination but found nothing. Nonetheless, he was insistent that I see a specialist and made the call while I sat in his surgery, getting me an appointment for the very next day.  I had a colonoscopy within the week and was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer.  I had a CT scan the next day, then an ultrasound for tumour staging....

Sandra's story (49, SA)

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In 2008 I had lap band surgery to help reverse obesity. Since having the surgery, I have had routine blood tests every six months. Prior to one check-up appointment, I noticed a speck of blood in the toilet so during my consultation with my GP (and after she had written a referral for my bariatric specialist) I told her about the blood in the toilet. Straightaway she added this piece of information to the referral just to be sure....

Peter's story (62, QLD)

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I was first diagnosed with a hernia, which seemed to explain the changes in my bowel habits and the stomach pains I had been experiencing. But in the lead up to the Easter long weekend in 2009, I started feeling pretty unwell. We had family arriving so I didn’t really want to make a fuss – we were meant to be enjoying Good Friday together, after all – but I felt much worse as the day went on and started vomiting....

Kym's story (33, VIC)

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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in May 2010 at the age of 31. My bowel habits had started to change about two years before, including small amounts of blood on the toilet paper, but I had been told earlier that I had a haemorrhoid so I thought that might explain the bleeding. I was also diagnosed with anaemia just before I fell pregnant about a year after; I would later learn that anaemia can be an indicator of bowel cancer. It wasn’t until two months after giving birth that I went to see my GP about the bleeding,...

Adam's story (25, NSW)

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I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer two years ago at the age of 23.  I had been experiencing a range of symptoms for about five years, including rectal bleeding, mucous in my stools, diarrhoea, stomach pain and cramps to changes in my bowel habits.    Coincidentally, my mother was also having these problems, so we were both seeing a doctor to try to discover their cause....

Andrew's story (22, VIC)

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In April 2010, I suffered a huge amount of bleeding when I went to the toilet.  I had no warning signs – it just happened out of the blue.  It was so bad that I went straight to the emergency ward at the hospital.  I think they thought it was just haemorrhoids so I was given a DRE (digital rectal examination) and the doctor took some blood and sent me home. ...

Rachel's story (40, QLD)

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I had noticed some blood in the toilet for about a month but thought it was due to constipation. I was working fulltime and have four children to look after – being so busy I just carried on and didn't dwell on it. One morning, however, I thought I had diarrhoea but all I could see was a lot of old blood in the toilet bowl. I left my husband with the kids at home and took myself straight off to hospital.Staff at the hospital found evidence of bleeding with no obvious cause. The doctor said he would write a referral...

John's story (40, QLD)

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I started experiencing a change in my bowel habits, stomach pains and rectal bleeding in February 2010 so I saw my GP and was sent for blood tests to investigate the cause of the problems. The results came back normal. However, a month later when the bleeding persisted I was referred for a colonoscopy in mid April. The colonoscopy revealed a 4cm tumour on my sigmoid colon....

Michelle's story (35, VIC)

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It’s not so long ago I went to the GP and told her about a few concerns I had and the symptoms that I was experiencing, which my GP considered not to be a big deal. The GP thought it was possibly haemorrhoids. I decided that I could allow myself to be more relieved, seeing as I had expressed my concerns but the GP had predominantly dismissed it being anything serious…. after all....

Are you at risk?

           
Both men and women are at risk of developing bowel cancer.  The risk is greater if you -

  • are aged 50 years and over; or
     
  • have a personal or family history of bowel cancer or polyps; or
     
  • have had an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

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