Bowel habits are unlikely to return to what they were before surgery for anyone who has had bowel cancer, according to more than 200 bowel cancer patients surveyed around the world.
When assessing their quality of life, the patients ranked overall bowel function as one of the most important, yet unacknowledged, aspects of bowel cancer care.
Many changes in bowel habit are caused by an alteration in the length and shape of the colon after surgery.
Rosemary is widely recognised as the main plant associated with Anzac Day when sprigs of the aromatic herb are traditionally worn as a sign of remembrance.
Abundant near seashores, rosemary gets its name from the Latin words meaning "dew" and "of the sea", and has significance for Australians because it is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula.
"Bowel cancer patients have unique needs which aren’t just physical," said Bowel Care Nurse Katie Emanuelli, who supports bowel cancer patients and their families in the community of Shepparton.
"The disease can also result in psychological, social and emotional issues, which need to be well understood and considered by the health professionals delivering bowel cancer care."
An estimated 900 Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, many of them under age 50, will have an underlying genetic cause.
Lynch syndrome is the most common genetic condition that increases a person’s risk of developing bowel cancer.
It is caused by a change in a gene (the mismatch repair gene) that normally functions to protect a person from getting cancer.
Lynch syndrome can affect the best choice of treatment options for bowel cancer patients, and also has preventative health and screening implications for family members.
Profiling of 60 bowel adenoma polyps will be used to better define optimal colonoscopic surveillance intervals, thanks to a new research grant to the Lawrence Penn Chair of Bowel Cancer Research from the Medical Research Future Fund (Sydney Health Partners).