STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Bowel cancer: Stents ‘may prevent need for colostomy bags’

Bowel cancer patients may avoid the need for colostomy bags if they are first treated by having an expandable tube inserted at the site of their blockage, cancer doctors have said.

The new approach, presented at the world’s biggest cancer conference, showed that the tube, or stent, cut the risk of complications from surgery.

Experts said colostomy bags, to collect faeces, often frightened patients. Globally, nearly 1.4 million cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed each year.

In the UK, more than a fifth of the cancers go undetected until the tumour blocks the intestines, leaving patients needing emergency surgery. This unplanned surgery has a much higher risk of complications compared with routine surgery. The patient is often in worse health, the swelling caused by the blockage can mean keyhole surgery is not possible so more invasive surgery is needed and there may not be a colorectal specialist surgeon on hand.

The death rate goes up from 2% for planned surgery to 12% in emergency bowel cancer surgery.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36426598

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Beating Bowel Cancer

Stephen Browne was 45 when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer – it was his wife that persuaded him to go to his doctor when he noticed symptoms.

Beating Bowel Cancer – Call our helpline on 020 8973 0011

https://www.beatingbowelcancer.org/

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Warning over late bowel cancer diagnosis in the Midlands. ITV report

New figures by charity Beating Bowel Cancer show many bowel cancer patients in the East Midlands are still diagnosed too late, costing the NHS millions.

Nottingham NHS Clinical Commissioning Group comes out as one of the five worst performing for early diagnosis as does East Leicestershire and Rutland. There is currently a huge variation within the NHS across England in terms of early diagnosis of bowel cancer – the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – with the best performing Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) diagnosing 63% of patients early, compared with only 30% in the worst. The figures show that if every NHS region in England performed as well as the best at diagnosing bowel cancer early (stages 1 and 2), 3,200 lives could be saved and £34 million could be diverted to other bowel cancer services and treatments.

Those diagnosed with stage 1 bowel cancer have a 97% chance of survival, compared to just 7% when the cancer is more advanced. However, not only does early diagnosis provide patients with a much better chance of survival, it also costs the NHS far less. This is due to the fact that treatment for the earlier stages of cancer is often less intensive and invasive than treatment for more advanced disease.

If every patient with bowel cancer was diagnosed early (at stage 1 or 2) the NHS could avert treatment costs of over £103 million.

“It’s unacceptable that there are CCGs in England that diagnose less than 1 in 3 patients at an early stage.

If they all performed as well as the best, thousands of lives could be saved and millions of pounds could be freed up to be used for other bowel cancer treatments, which patients are frequently told are unaffordable.”

– CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF BEATING BOWEL CANCER, MARK FLANNAGAN
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Late diagnosis for bowel cancer could be costing the NHS £103 million every year,Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA

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‘I HAVEN’T decided to die’, says Lynda Bellingham, as she urges others to talk about ‘unsexy’ diseases like bowel cancer

Lynda Bellingham gives her first TV interview about coming to terms with her terminal cancer diagnosis, and how she hopes her story will help others in the same situation.

Lynda Bellingham says she has not ‘chosen to die’, despite the fact she plans to stop having chemotherapy for bowel cancer.  The 66-year-old actress has spoken at length in the past fortnight about her diagnosis and treatment, since announcing her condition was terminal. Today she said she had taken the decision about chemotherapy while at her wit’s end with the pain and side effects of the treatment – and had wanted to get some control back over her life.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2784995/I-HAVEN-T-decided-die-says-Lynda-Bellingham-urges-talk-unsexy-diseases-like-bowel-cancer.html

Click on the link to watch her TV interview on BBC Breakfast

 

“BREAKING NEWS: 20th October: Actress Lynda Bellingham died in her husband’s arms yesterday after losing battle with cancer”

She was such an inspiration to so many suffering from Cancer. RIP Lynda
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2799796/actress-lynda-bellingham-dies-husband-s-arms-bowel-cancer.html

 

 

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As Lynda Bellingham reveals she has only months to live… Bowel cancer patients left undiagnosed for YEARS

Katie Pearson could be forgiven for being angry or full of resentment and bitterness. But the terminally ill 35-year-old is determined to remain positive and enjoy what time she has left. In October 2010, Katie was diagnosed with bowel cancer, a disease more commonly associated with the over-50s. Her late diagnosis — two years after her first symptoms — meant the cancer was already very advanced, having spread into her pelvis and lymph nodes. Despite treatment, the cancer spread further, and last September she was told that patients with cancer as advanced as hers aren’t expected to live more than a year.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2774079/Lynda-Bellingham-cancer-Bowel-cancer-patients-left-undiagnosed-YEARS.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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