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.

Scanxiety: (scan + anxiety) word used to describe the experience of heightened anxiety and distress both immediately before and after a scheduled scan.
 
Source: Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer. Oxford University Press, 2015

The most common side effect reported by patients being treated for cancer is fatigue.

Cancer-related fatigue not only causes tiredness and a lack of energy, it can also contribute to depression, confusion, irritability, and poor memory.

Bowel Cancer Australia asked people who have had or are living with bowel cancer to send in their top tips for feeling well. The response was wonderful and so were the ideas!
 
We hope some (or all) of the tips shared will help you or someone you know in the face of operations, chemotherapy and on the road to recovery.

Bowel Cancer Australia was named Best Small Charity of the Year 2019 at the national Third Sector Awards. The Award highlights the big impact Bowel Cancer Australia is making, despite the organisation’s small size and limited budget when compared with comparable cancer charities.

Perth man Andrew Moloney and his partner Karen Parker didn’t need to look up the answers to the 2019 Golden Nugget online quiz, which tested peoples’ knowledge of bowel cancer signs and symptoms and encouraged participants to ‘check their poo’.

Bowel Cancer Australia’s bold campaign “Give a $#*! about your bowel” has again been recognised for excellence - this time at the 2019 ADMA Creativity & Effectiveness Awards (AC&Es)

Are you caring for a loved one?

If so, you're not alone. 

According to Carers Australia, there are approximately 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia.

“I guess like most people, I started out being as positive as I could be,” said Paul who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in March 2015.

“It’s not news you look forward to and I can't really say how I felt at the time – ‘numb’ is a word that comes to mind,” Paul said.