"Bowel cancer patients have unique needs which aren’t just physical," said Bowel Care Nurse Katie Emanuelli, who supports bowel cancer patients and their families in the community of Shepparton.
"The disease can also result in psychological, social and emotional issues, which need to be well understood and considered by the health professionals delivering bowel cancer care."
An estimated 900 Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, many of them under age 50, will have an underlying genetic cause.
Lynch syndrome is the most common genetic condition that increases a person’s risk of developing bowel cancer.
It is caused by a change in a gene (the mismatch repair gene) that normally functions to protect a person from getting cancer.
Lynch syndrome can affect the best choice of treatment options for bowel cancer patients, and also has preventative health and screening implications for family members.
Profiling of 60 bowel adenoma polyps will be used to better define optimal colonoscopic surveillance intervals, thanks to a new research grant to the Lawrence Penn Chair of Bowel Cancer Research from the Medical Research Future Fund (Sydney Health Partners).
Funding from the Colorectal Surgical Society ANZ Foundation will support new research to improve our understanding of why some early stage bowel tumours metastasise to lymph nodes.
“This is important because patients with lymph node disease have worse prognosis and face more intense treatment than patients whose cancer remains within the bowel wall,” said Lawrence Penn Chair of Bowel Cancer Research Professor Mark Molloy.
Cancer treatment and surgery can take quite a toll on your skin and hair making it loose its shine and healthy glow. Upping healthy fruit, vegetables, fish or fish oils, nuts and seeds can bring back the lustre and make you feel and look well.