Bowel Cancer Stories

02
Feb
2018

My name is Duncan, I'm 39 and I have stage four bowel cancer.

Just over twelve months ago, I received some out of the ordinary blood test results. I had gone in for a blood test as I had lost a lot of weight, had a little stomach pain, and a little blood in my stool. After the blood test my GP called and told me to come in the next day and they would book me in for a colonoscopy. The colonoscopy found a large tumour in my bowel.

04
Jul
2012

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.

29
Sep
2014
I was 45 when I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer in 2000.

At an early age and having a family history of FAP, for which I was screened, I was told that, like my two older brothers, I carried the gene (my mother was the first and she passed away a couple of years later). My sister was also discovered to have the gene. So from as early as in my 20's, I carried out regular screening.
24
Aug
2012

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.

20
Nov
2012

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).

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