The practical and emotional impact of bowel cancer

Bowel cancer podcast: episode 6

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In this episode our panel discuss the practical and emotional impact of bowel cancer on the patient and their friends and family. They provide tips and advice on coping with bowel cancer and the support available for those affected.

Lauren Swankie, National Cancer Campaign Manager

Highlights

I kind of took it on the chin and just thought right ok, let’s do this and fight it. I think it had more of an impact on friends and family. I wanted to continue life as best I could, so that they could see I was dealing with it.

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The explanations that I got from the consultants, the nurses, the empathy, was magnificent. As was the support from the charities.

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You don’t think about the supportive role of family and friends, it’s just the person who’s actually going through the cancer journey themselves. It’s a very good thing to highlight to be honest.

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There is something called ‘body image’, a group where you can go and have your make up done, you can choose a nice wig, because it’s important. When you go through chemotherapy, you change.

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Positivity is crucial.

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I did have good days and bad days and sometimes you just think, why me? And that’s just normal.

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Here at BMI healthcare we are always open, 24 hours a day. There is always an oncology nurse on call so if the patient is unwell at 1 o clock in the morning, 3 o clock in the morning, it doesn’t matter what time, they can always call us, there is always an oncology nurse available to speak to them.

Stephanie LeleuStephanie Leleu

It’s almost like mindfulness, making that decision; you can choose to respond one way or another. I’ve had bowel cancer, I choose to get the word out there that it’s ok. If you decide to do something in a different way, by making it positive, then I think that’s a good outcome.

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