Tagged: #QLD

04
Feb
2018

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in July 2017. I had just turned 34.

I had started studying nursing the year before.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
15
Aug
2017

I thought that with two young kids, all my dignity had already been lost and nothing much could gross me out.

Yet it was one good, long episode of rectal bleeding that really made me face my squeamishness and uneasiness with discussing bodily functions.

The bleeding had stopped by the time I arrived at the hospital, when the doctors asked, “How much blood? A teaspoon? A tablespoon?”

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
15
Aug
2017

I was 35, fit, healthy and constantly on the move.

A full-time working mum and wife with 3 children aged 9, 6 & 3 and a competitive powerlifter.

Since approximately 2007, I had experienced on and off rectal bleeding.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
06
Mar
2017

My name is Bob and I'm 76 years old. I’m what some people call a cancer survivor.

Actually, I’ve survived cancer twice.
 
In September 2006 after many tests and scans, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I started radiation treatment seven months later, which included 35 treatments over seven weeks.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
20
Feb
2017
After a positive result from the National Bowel Cancer screening test, my GP gave me a referral to get a colonoscopy. This was about July 2011. The colonoscopy could not be completed as a tumour was blocking the scope from moving properly up the bowel. I was then sent for a scan (virtual colonoscopy) to find out more. This showed a large tumour. Then I went back to my GP with the results. He confirmed that I had bowel cancer then referred me to a specialist for surgery. This was in August 2011. After seeing the sugeon and getting CT scans, I was booked in for surgery at the beginning of September. I had 30 cm of my bowel and the lymph nodes in the area removed. Post-operative testing confirmed bowel cancer, that it had spread to a number of the lymph nodes and was classed as Stage 111C. I was then referred to a specialist for chemo treatment. It took about 5 weeks to recover from the surgery, get a porta-cath put in and be ready for the chemo treatment. This was planned to be 12 treatments lasting 3 days every 2 weeks. The Chemo started in late October 2011.
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