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Life After A Diagnosis

Over 15,000 Australians are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year.  You are not alone.
 
All of Bowel Cancer Australia's buddies in our peer-to-peer network have been affected by bowel cancer and are willing to talk to others about their experience.
 
Many members also appear in our publications and on this website telling their story to help others.
 
Increasingly, members are finding new ways to make the most of their own bowel cancer experience, and have become more actively involved in the work of the charity.
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Living Well

People often experience some anxiety when faced with leaving hospital after a major operation, about how they will manage at home, or when they are going to be able to get back to a normal routine.  
 
This is especially true for bowel cancer patients coping with a new bowel habit or stoma.
 
Hospital in-patient stays are getting shorter and laparoscopic surgery can mean that you are only in hospital for 3 or 4 days, compared with the 6–10 days usually associated with an 'open' operation.
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Recipe for Recovery

There are very strong links between diet and bowel cancer, and one of the most important changes following treatment for bowel cancer will be to establish good eating and drinking habits that are both healthy and interesting to help you (and your family) stick to the new routine – as well as minimising problems associated with foods that can be difficult to digest with a surgically shortened bowel.
 
It is important to manage your own expectation and be aware that it is unlikely your bowels will be exactly the same as they were before the operation.
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Bowel Care Nutritionist

A diagnosis of bowel cancer involves some major changes to diet and lifestyle.
 
You may still feel in shock, emotionally drained or physically very weak – but it's still vitally important to try and look after yourself and build up your strength, both mentally and physically.
 
Food and diet can often cause problems on your road to recovery. You may not be able to tolerate some of the foods you once enjoyed and your new bowel habits might be hard to come to terms with.
 
Call the Bowel Cancer Australia Helpline on - 
1800 555 494.
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Living with a Stoma

Sometimes, during surgery, it may be necessary for the surgeon to form an artificial opening on the the wall of your abdomen called a 'stoma' to collect waste.  
 
The stoma may be temporary (to allow the bowel time to heal) or permanent.
 
'Stoma' comes from the Greek word for 'mouth' or 'oral cavity'.
 
There are different types of stoma and, if you need one, the type you have depends on the location of your tumour and the type of surgery you need.
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Stomal Therapist

Bowel Cancer Australia's stomal therapist is experienced in caring for people who have had surgical treatment for their bowel cancer and require a temporary or permanent ileostomy or colostomy.
 
Fear of living with 'a bag' is common in bowel cancer patients but can be significantly eased with the right advice and practical support.
 
The advisory service provides pre and post-operative support and advice on what to expect if this operation is being considered, stoma care and management, and stomal reversal.
 
Call the Bowel Cancer Australia Helpline on 1800 555 494.
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Survivorship Care Plan

Survivorship Care Plans (SCPs) are emerging as one element of an improved and more coordinated approach to survivor care.
 
SCPs are formal, written documents that provide details of a person's cancer diagnosis and treatment, potential late and long-term effects arising from the cancer and its treatment, recommended follow-up, and strategies to remain well.
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Finding Support

Bowel Cancer Australia's nurses support bowel cancer patients and their families by phone and email.
 
Whether you are worried about symptoms, recently diagnosed or living with bowel cancer our nurses are on hand to offer support and answer your questions and concerns.
 
Call the Bowel Cancer Australia Helpline on 1800 555 494.
 
You can also download or order hard copies of our patient booklets and factsheets which cover all aspects of bowel cancer.
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