Bowel Cancer

What is it?

Cancer of the small and,large intestine, colon and the back passage  

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Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain provoked by eating 
  • Blood in stools without other haemorrhoid 
  • Persistant chnage in bowel habit 
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Causes

  • Age 
  • Family history 
  • Diet
  • Smoking 
  • Alcohol
  • Obesity 
  • Inactivity 
  • Digestive Disorders 
  • Gentic Disorders 
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Physical impacts

On the indivdual

  • Scars 
  • Lose stools 
  • Nausea 
  • Fatigue 
  • Pain 
  • Lack of interest in sex

On the family 

  • Strains from lifting the person up 
  • Feeling tired 
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Intellectual Impact

On the indivdual

  • Lack of concentration in work or school
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On the family 

  • Could be out of work or school to help the person with the cancer 
  • Responsibilities change at home  
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Emotional Impact

On the indivdual 

  • Confident about chances of beating it (95% caught early are cured)
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  •  Feeling afraid
  •  Depression
  • Feeling distressed by the radiation therapy 

On the family 

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Overwhelmed
  •  Angry 
  • Depression 
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Social Development

on the indivdual 

  • Affect relationship with partner/family/friends ( positive or negative)
  • Poor on social activities   

On the family 

  • Make you and the person who has the cancer close 
  • change of responsibilities leading to put pressure on the family 
  • Relationship- put a strain on it from looking after the person 
  • Won’t be able to do hobbies because of being tired 
  • Effects their quality of life 
  • Won’t be able to meet with friends if young carers  
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Financial Impact

On the indivdual 

  • May need to leave work
  • Affected salary(satatory pay) 
  • Might have to leave work and have rely on benefits 
  • Car parking charges

On the family 

  • May have to give up work- losing money so their income will go down 
  • Might have to go on sick pay to look after the person who has cancer
  • Might have to use benefits to help towards the living 
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Treatments

  • surgery (local resection or colectomy)
  • remove lymph notes 
  • chemotherapy
  • radiotherapy 
  • biological treatments 
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