Understanding Bowel Cancer

Dr Amir Montazeri, a consultant in clinical oncology at Clatterbridge Private Clinic discusses bowel cancer, its treatment and the signs to look out for.

Bowel cancer, or colorectal cancer, is the third most common cancer in the UK with 41,112 new cases diagnosed each year*. Although there are more modern and advanced treatments available than ever before, successful treatment of the disease is greatly improved by early detection. It is therefore vital that you have an understanding of the warning signs to look out for, and if you experience anything unusual, you book an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.

A study has found that just 24% of people said they would feel confident in recognising the symptoms of bowel cancer.** This is low for such a common cancer and it important to be aware of the warning signs, which include:

There a number of lifestyle-related risk factors associated with bowel cancer including diet, weight, drinking alcohol and smoking. Your risk of bowel cancer increases with age and those over 65 are offered a free screening kit by the NHS. This kit can detect bowel cancer at an early stage, even in people with no symptoms, when treatment is likely to be more effective. Taking this test could save your life.

If you are diagnosed with colorectal or bowel cancer, there are a number of treatment options available, which will be discussed with you, depending on the stage of your cancer. The stage of your cancer will be first determined through further tests. Once results are received, your oncologist will provide you with all of the information, advice and support to understand your cancer and to shape a treatment plan which is best for you. This could include surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or a combination of these treatments.

If you choose to move forward with your treatment privately, Clatterbridge Private Clinic offers state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional levels of patient care in the following treatments:

Please contact us directly if you would like further information about treatment for bowel cancer or other cancer treatments.

Clatterbridge Private Clinic, 0151 482 7863

Clatterbridge Private Clinic is a joint venture between The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, one of the UK’s largest networked cancer centres, and Mater Private Healthcare. We work together to combine the highest levels of consultant-led care and patient choice with the most advanced knowledge and understanding of the disease and its forms.

*Cancer Research UK

**Study of 2,010 UK consumers, conducted by The Leadership Factor and The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust in December 2015