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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Bowel cancer recurrence

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    After a heart attack at age 62, doctors noticed that my Mum had abnormal rectal bleeding. They found she had a tumour in her bowel. Scans showed the tumour had not spread elsewhere. She had surgery to remove it, which was considered successful. One year later, follow up scans revealed that she had another tumour - this time in the peritoneum. She had surgery to remove it and they applied internal chemotherapy. No follow up chemotherapy was required. In a few weeks, she is due to have her first scan following the surgery. Mum doesn't like talking about any of her medical treatment, which means I know little about the prognosis other than what I have found on the internet. My research findings have scared me and I'm experiencing anxiety leading up to her scan. Can you help me determine what stage she is so I can prepare myself for the likelihood of cancer recurring? Do you have any advice about how to talk to her about this? I'm 24yo and scared of being robbed of time with Mum.
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    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 

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

    Kind Regards, 
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia 

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

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