Over 41,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year and it is estimated that there are 150,000 people currently living with a bowel cancer diagnosis. You are not alone!
Bowel cancer patients face many challenges after diagnosis and treatment, including worries about the cancer coming back, trying to regain bowel control, coping with changed body image, re-establishing intimate relationships, and going back to work. We address these issues in this Living Well secrtion and hold workshops on these topics and many more at our annual Patient Days.
Bowel Cancer Voices are people like you who have been affected by the disease and are willing to talk to others about their experience. Many Bowel Cancer Voices also appear in our patient publications and on this website, telling their story to help others. Increasingly, Bowel Cancer Voices are finding new ways to make the most of their own cancer experience, and have become more actively involved in the work of the charity by becoming expert patients. They deliver health information talks to the general public in their places of work, or become involved in public policy and consultation processes that will lead and inform the shape of healthcare in the UK in future.
If you would like to know more about managing the long term effects of your bowel cancer as a chronic illness, have a look at the free, national Expert Patient Programme.
Beating Bowel Cancer has developed a series of patient publications which include signposting to organisations that can help with specific needs.