If you believe you may be experiencing possible bowel cancer symptoms, you should seek advice from your GP. It is better to visit your GP early and have symptoms investigated than to hope they will disappear or get better. However old you are, you should never be told you are too young to have bowel cancer. Whilst bowel cancer is more common in people from age 50, it increasingly affects all age groups.
| Bowel Care Nurses
If you are worried about any aspect of the disease – whether you have symptoms and you don't know what to do, if you are newly diagnosed, have questions about treatment options, or you are simply just having a bad day, please don't hesitate to contact one of Bowel Cancer Australia’s friendly, trained Bowel Care Nurses.
Our Bowel Care Nurses may help to clarify information given to patients by their treating doctor regarding chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. They provide an extra layer of support to the trusted relationship patients have with their treating medical team at a very difficult time.
Although typically this service is of most value to people newly diagnosed with bowel cancer and their families, our registered nurses provide information and support to anyone with a question or experience related to bowel cancer.
| Stoma Nurse
Bowel Cancer Australia's Stoma Nurse 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. Our Stoma Nurse can provide pre- and post-operative support and advice on what to expect if this operation is being considered, stoma care and management, and stoma reversal.
Our Stoma Nurse and Nutritionist work together to offer practical dietary advice for people living with an ileostomy or colostomy.
You can email Bowel Cancer Australia's Bowel Care Nurses any time for advice.
Please send your questions using the form below and you will receive a response within 5 working days.
Alternatively, please call Bowel Cancer Australia's Helpline on 1800 555 494.