Bowel Cancer Australia’s jet-setting Super Colon will be in Adelaide this weekend impressing delegates at an international stoma care congress.
The 34th World Council of Enterostomal Therapists Biennial Congress (19-23 April) brings together stomal therapy nurses and other experts in wound management, ostomy and continence.
Stomas are the surgical openings in the abdominal wall created to allow the bowel contents to drain from the body into a bag. Stomas can be temporary while lower parts of the gut recover from surgery or may have to be permanent in some cases.
Stomal therapy nurses work in hospitals and community settings helping people adjust to having a stoma and managing related issues such as diet and hygiene.
Congress sessions include those dedicated to the surgical and postoperative care of patients with bowel cancer and other conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease.
The Super Colon, a walk through inflatable bowel measuring about 7 metres in length, is BCA’s premier educational exhibit. It features giant polyps, early stage and advanced stage bowel cancer as well as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.