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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Worried about FAP - is it a treatable disease?

    My adult son (26) has had all of his large bowel, rectum lining and part of his small bowel removed. He had a camera last week, they removed 15 polyps and counted another 150+polyps in his small bowel. He has been told there isn't a lot more that can be done for him but wait for them to turn cancerous. He has FAP. But most of the information I have read indicates that this is a treatable disease. He had a camera 12 months ago and these have grown in that time. I am wondering if there is somewhere I can get more information on his condition.
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    Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We ... View Profile

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    Due to the detailed nature of your questions they are quite difficult to answer in an online forum.

    If you'd like to send your questions through to Bowel Cancer Australia's Bowel Care Advisory Services team, one of our friendly Bowel Care Nurses would be very happy to get in contact with you to provide an individual response and advice.

    You can send your questions to us using the web form available at http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/nurse


    We look forward to receiving your questions and to offering you some tailored advice.

    Kind Regards,
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia
    www.bowelcanceraustralia.org


    Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only. It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.

    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.

    Bowel Cancer Australia, its directors, officers or medical professionals shall not be liable to any person, company or any other body for any loss, direct or indirect or consequential on whatsoever account for any omission or negligent misstatement.

  • Dr Guang Chen

    Gastroenterologist

    Dr Guang Chen is a proud Chinese Australian gastroenterologist and hepatologist practising in Western Sydney. He then completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine, gastroenterology ... View Profile

    FAP is a genetic condition that results in an imbalance in the natural protective mechanisms of certain types of cells in the body. The most common manifestation of FAP are polyps within the gastrointestinal tract. There are a few different types of FAP. Unfortunately, there is no cure at this stage for the genetic defect. The disease can be monitored and managed. This may involve regular visits to the doctor and regular tests such as endoscopies. Each individual patient may have a different management plan. Your GP and specialist will be a good starting point. Otherwise there are plenty of useful resources online. 

  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We ... View Profile

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    Due to the detailed nature of your questions they are quite difficult to answer in an online forum.

    If you'd like to send your questions through to Bowel Cancer Australia's Bowel Care Advisory Services team, one of our friendly Bowel Care Nurses would be very happy to get in contact with you to provide an individual response and advice.

    You can send your questions to us using the web form available at http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/nurse


    We look forward to receiving your questions and to offering you some tailored advice.

    Kind Regards,
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia
    www.bowelcanceraustralia.org


    Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only. It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.

    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.

    Bowel Cancer Australia, its directors, officers or medical professionals shall not be liable to any person, company or any other body for any loss, direct or indirect or consequential on whatsoever account for any omission or negligent misstatement.

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