As an in-house Bowel Care Nurse at Bowel Cancer Australia, Fiona has dedicated the past eight years to the prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.
Described as a lifeline, Bowel Cancer Australia’s team of Bowel Care Nurses and Nutritionist adds an extra layer of support to the trusted relationship patients have with their treating medical team at a very difficult time.
In recognition of the important role our team of Bowel Care Nurses provide, the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) has chosen to feature Fiona as their Member of the Moment this June.
It’s Never Too Young Awareness Week (3-9 June 2019), and Bowel Cancer Australia is raising much needed awareness that you’re never too young to have bowel cancer.
A new global study of seven high-income countries has found that in the decade up to 2014, Australia’s second most deadly cancer is on the rise in people under 50.
On April 30 2019 I went for a colonoscopy and knew it wasn’t good news straight away, we were sent for CT and MRI scans immediately after being discharged. On May 2 I was meeting my colorectal surgeon and was told I had Stage 4 colorectal cancer that had spread to my liver. It was a complete shock for me and my family.
I was diagnosed in 2016, after I had a small bleed. The Dr. initially thought I had eaten something sharp and told me not to worry. I had a precautionary colonoscopy two months later - Gee I am glad I did! It was already stage 3.