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  • Forum Post: Raising money for Bowel Cancer London to Paris Cycle Ride

    Hi All, I am very proud to let everyone know on this site that my partner Clare completed her cycle ride from London to Paris yesterday afternoon. After weeks of training Clare cycled over 320 miles and has raised over £3,050.00 to Beating Bowel Cancer.....a massive thank you to all of our friends...
  • Forum Post: Hello New to the site

    Hello My mum (60) was diagnosed with terminal Ovarian/ bowl cancer last Aug, and it has been a very tough year but also very rewarding as we never thought mum would make it past Xmas! she has hit so many mile stones including my sisters wedding in July, but since then seems to be going down hill and...
  • Forum Post: RE: Side effects of oxy and 5fu

    Hi, This is my first post here - was diagnosed with colon cancer on 1 April (yeah I know!) and had operation to remove the tumour on 1 May - it was T3N1M0. I'm 43 years old and in pretty good health otherwise so it was a bit of a shock and a whirlwind.... Anyway, I've also had 5 sessions...
  • Forum Post: Falling apart

    Like others here, I really just want to tell my story and see what others in similar circumstances think. I do go on a bit sometimes but it's a fairly long story, I'll try to keep it short though! Nearly three years ago I started to feel breathless when doing simple things. My job mean that...
  • Forum Post: blood coming out of the ileostomy.

    i've had ileostomy in april 2013 and then had 12 cycles of chemotherapy and when the doctors tried to close the ileostomy they had bone scan before that and found the cancer has been spread around the secrum ring and in the 5th rib of my left rib cage so they haven't closed the ileostomy and...
  • Forum Post: Advice on reheating food - is this an absolute no-no?

    Hi all, new to the site and looking for a bit of advice on behalf of my mother who has just started Folfox chemo following right hemicolectomy. We've read that you should not reheat food due to the risk of bacteria & so on but does this mean you can't prepare a meal to freeze or chill...
  • Forum Post: Chemotherapy with an illeostomy

    Hi all - 1st post! My husband perforated bowel last April, no underlying cause found and had his reversal in May this year BUT during operation they found a mass and sent it off. Long story cut short he has bowel cancer but in his pelvic wall and it's in his lymph nodes and lung. As part of his...
  • Forum Post: You Can Do It

    In October 2012 I was diagnosed with rectal cancer and had the op, followed by 6 months of chemo. Then had my reversal October 2013. Although I am still having issues with my 'arse' it is definitely getting better. However the point of the post is that whatever else you do - never give up...
  • Forum Post: Going to lose the greatest Man I have ever known

    My Dad was diagnosed with Lung, Bowel and Liver cancer November last year, he was first diagnosed with bowel cancer after going to the doctors because he had noticed bleeding,but only after a scan they found he had it in the liver and lung. My Dad was the strongest man I have eve known, he served for...
  • Forum Post: cll possible bowel cancer

    Hello one and all I have CLL and am on W & W Doc told me today may have Bowel Cancer any advice appreciated Thanks in advance Chris
  • Forum Post: Exotic Travel After Keyhole Surgery

    Now I am sure I am getting so ahead of myself here, but I'm sat in hospital after surgery four days ago to remove part of my rectum where it meets the bowel, I am yet to find out if I will need chemo. Apparently it was very successful. Before surgery I loved exotic travel and eating all kinds of...
  • Forum Post: Does anyone have any experience of what contraception is ok to use with FOLFOX?

    Hi I have just had my first round of chemo - oxaliplatin and 5FU. I am 30 years old and getting confusing contradictory advice from each doctor I asked so wondered if anyone on here might be able to help me from experience. I know I definitely don't want to get pregnant during chemotherapy but am...
  • Forum Post: Dreading Oxioplatin side affects - any tips?

    Although I have had advice in my other discussion, I am now dreading the side effects of my treatment even more now lol. Just looking for any tips to deal with the affects of Oxy! Am having it through a PICC line on a two week cycle Thanks Scott
  • Blog Post: Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 2014

    Hi, I’m Emma, a Content Channel Editor at Macmillan. I’m writing this blog to share a little of my own personal experience with you, and to hopefully help people reduce their risk of bowel cancer and be more aware of the symptoms. Since joining Macmillan in December last year I’ve...
  • Blog Post: Bowel cancer webchat 2014 – transcript

    Last week, cancer information nurses Anne and Kate were in the chatroom answering your questions about bowel cancer. Topics included hereditary bowel cancer, coping with changes to bowel habits, advanced bowel cancer, and fertility after bowel cancer treatment. Here are all the questions and answers...
  • Blog Post: Bowel cancer webchat – 8 April

    Questions about bowel (colon and rectum) cancer? Join nurses Jennifer and Anne for a webchat next Tuesday lunchtime. It’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, so Jennifer and Anne will be in our chatroom to answer your questions. Topics could include treatment, side effects, surgery or coping with...
  • Blog Post: The long road back to the new normal. (Life after cancer treatment).

    If you have finished treatment there is a belief that you should be jumping for joy. You’re in the clear; you don’t have cancer, why wouldn’t you be the happiest person on earth? It may frustrate you that people don’t understand, and are rushing you to get back to your old self...
  • Blog Post: Hello again

    Hi Everyone, So I haven't written on here for a while. To be honest I haven't written anywhere, I haven't thought and I haven't felt. It feels weird and slightly stilted coming back here and trying to be honest with myself because I've been doing a really good job of shutting everything...
  • Blog Post: Dreams

    Hi everyone, I know that listening to other people's dreams is a total drag - "I had such weird dreams last night" is a comment that stirs an internal sigh, especially when announced in the morning, pre-caffeine. You ask politely, then they go on to ramble about the fact that a their...
  • Blog Post: Why I am here, writing a blog.

    Hello, I just thought that I would introduce myself and tell you why I decided to start a blog on this site. First of all, hi and I'm sorry to see you here too. Consider this me giving you a virtual hug. So my dad died about two months ago and I have been wandering around in a very sad and...
  • Blog Post: Cancer genetics – Helping people understand and manage their risk

    Only 5 to 10% of cancers are thought to be linked to inherited genes. But if there are several people who’ve had cancer in your family, you may be concerned about your own risk. If you’ve had cancer yourself, you may worry about your relatives’ risk. In this blog, we’ll tell...
  • Blog Post: Question everything and ask for copies of letters

    Having had a chance to read my dad's letters from the hospitals, all the answers to the questions are there, just that my parents didn't understand the technical jargon and never asked the consultant to explain them. They expected the consultant to tell them verbally all what they needed to understand...
  • Blog Post: June 2013 update

    Why do parents feel it is for the best NOT to discuss important things with their children? So just a short recap: Dad had his operation, the cancer was worse than what showed on the scans, had to have a stoma which kept leaking and was causing a great deal of hassle and stress. After 3 attempts...
  • Blog Post: Bowel cancer – knowing the signs

    April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. In this blog, Vicky from the Cancer Information Development Team talks about her experience of bowel cancer and the importance of spotting it early. The facts Bowel cancer , also called colorectoal cancer, is the third most common cancer in the UK. More...
  • Blog Post: Bowel cancer diagnosis – what was your experience?

    You may have seen the news this weekend that bowel cancer rates have risen sharply among men in the last 30 years – much more than the rates in women. The reasons for the rise are not fully understood, although risk factors for bowel cancer include, age, diet, smoking, a lack of physical...
  • Blog Post: Are patients people or slabs of meat?

    Getting really fed up now. Why do doctors play on peoples emotions? Do they understand that patients are people who are ill, rather than slabs of meat they can play with like toys? I wanted to write a blog on how well my dad was doing following his operation, however that is not the case. First we...
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