Bowel Cancer Stories

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Jun
2016
In May 2015, I saw a doctor for what I thought was severe constipation. He prescribed some common medicines used to treat constipation which did not work for me, in fact made me vomit.

The vomiting became so severe I ended up calling an ambulance to take me to the local hospital where they "diagnosed" severe constipation and followed up with the usual medicines again. The vomiting continued and there was certainly no bowel movement.

Finally, on the Saturday the Doctors organised an x ray. They diagnosed a "blockage" which could possibly be cancer. They then transferred me to the closest major hospital where I had a CT scan. This scan confirmed the blockage was bowel cancer.
02
Feb
2018

My name is Barbara and I was first diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2015, three days after I turned 60. I am the youngest of six children, mum and dad lived till 85 and 91 respectively and there is no record of any cancer in my family history.

I had been experiencing some bleeding, but both my daughters had had the same and were both given a diagnosis of colitis, so I thought I would be told the same. I also had blood tests done which indicated NO bowel or ovarian cancer! It was therefore a great shock to be given the “Big C “ news.

05
Feb
2018
From 2010 until 2015, I was using the Lion’s Club Bowel Test kits, and the results were clear. I usually have blood tests for my six-monthly medicals with my GP. In October 2015, on my 78th birthday, my GP decided to include a stool test with my blood tests.
02
Jul
2015
"Whilst I have a way to go before I can say I'm cancer free, I reckon things are looking pretty rosy."
 
Back in October 2014, I received what I now refer to as my "gift pack" for turning 50 from the Victorian Government.

I decided to visit my GP to discuss the kit in more detail. I had experienced intermittent rectal bleeding along with loose bowel movements so my GP organised a colonoscopy to determine the health of my bowel. During the procedure a low rectal polypoid was discovered and a subsequent biopsy confirmed a cancerous tumour.
07
Nov
2011

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. 

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