Bowel cancer

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  • Bowel Cancer
    • What is it?
      • Cancer (uncontrollable growth and division of cells) that starts in the large bowel
      • Name changes depending on where it starts, e.g. colon cancer or rectal cancer
    • Symptoms
      • blood in faeces
      • change in bowel habits
      • unexplained weight loss
      • abdominal pain
    • Causes
      • family history
      • poor diet
      • obesity
      • smoking
      • alcohol
    • Treatment
      • after referral from G.P. people are treated by a multidisciplinary team
      • surgery (hemi-colectomy) in which part of the colon is removed
      • chemotherapy
      • radiotherapy
      • treatment depends on the type and size of the bowl cancer
    • Impacts on the patient
      • Physical
        • discomfort (constipation)
      • Intellectual
        • lack of concentration when working
        • greater knowledge of bowel cancer
      • Emotional
        • embarrassment
        • fear
      • Social
        • isolate themselves from friends due to embarrassment
      • Financial
        • reduced income because of taking time of work


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