Beating Bowel Cancer 8 December 2015

Beating Bowel Cancer

Today, there are millions of people in the UK who are caring for somebody. Many of these people will be caring for someone with cancer. Being a carer doesn't ju...st mean nursing somebody at home, it also means being someone who's reliable. It means being a good listener, being supportive, and taking the brunt of someones emotional outbursts whilst they are going through treatment.
Many family members don't actually recognise themselves as carers, because they are just doing what any other husband and wife, or brother and sister would do.
But carers need looking after too. They need emotional support and somewhere they can escape to to talk to people that are in the same boat. They may feel angry, worried, and stressed which are all normal emotions.
At Beating Bowel Cancer we don't just want to provide support for those that are affected by bowel cancer, we also want to be there for the people that look after them too. After all, it is very tough watching somebody you love go through cancer treatment.
If you're caring for someone with bowel cancer, we would like to hear from you in the comments below, or if you prefer you can email caroline.lee@beatingbowelcancer.org and tell us your story and in turn, inspire and support other carers.
Beating Bowel Cancer 10 December 2015

Beating Bowel Cancer

Our sincere apologies to anyone who was confused or upset by our incorrect graphic posted by mistake a short while ago. Here is the information, along with the... corrected graphic.
A couple of weeks ago we launched our "Bowel cancer: a vision for 2020" report.
We need to make sure bowel cancer is diagnosed earlier. When diagnosed at stage 1, 97% of people survive for 5 years or more. At stage 4, this drops to 7%.
We want to see 9000 more lives saved and better care for every patient and have set out 5 key ambitions to help make this happen. You can read the report at http://bit.ly/bowelcancervision2020
Beating Bowel Cancer 14 December 2015

Beating Bowel Cancer

The National Bowel Cancer Audit report, out today, shows that the number of people surviving bowel cancer following major surgery has increased in recent years....
Our Chief Executive, Mark Flannagan said "It’s encouraging to see improvements being made and we welcome the fact that additional information is being made available to help us understand more about diagnosis and care.
“Whilst positive improvements are happening in terms of the numbers of people surviving bowel cancer, there are still worrying variations across the country.
“Along with later diagnosis, less effective treatment is the other major cause of poorer bowel cancer survival rates in England compared to the rest of Europe. For example getting access to keyhole surgery depends on where you live."
You can read more (and follow a link to the full report) at:
www.beatingbowelcancer.org/…/new-report-shows-survival-impr…
Beating Bowel Cancer 15 December 2015

Bowel & Cancer Research

Olive is a bus driver for Arriva London. One evening she was watching Embarrassing Bodies on channel 4. She says "Dr Christian was talking about the symptoms o...f bowel cancer. During the adverts I went to the bathroom and I couldn’t believe it. I saw blood." Tests confirmed stage 2 bowel cancer and Olive had extensive treatment. She is now all clear. She adds "I thank Embarrassing Bodies for saving my life and I thank God for giving me a second chance." Olive serves as a reminder to speak out if you think something is wrong. Read Olive's story bit.ly/OliveStory and please share this post to help us save more lives. Thank you.
Beating Bowel Cancer 16 December 2015

Beating Bowel Cancer

Lauren Backler is campaigning for the bowel screening age to be lowered in England after her mum was diagnosed with advanced cancer aged 55.
You can read more ...about her story and find out why she is challenging the Secretary of State for Health here.https://www.change.org/p/jeremy-hunt-secretary-of-state-for…
Stephen's Story 16 December 2015

Stephen's story

Happy birthday Stephen on what would have been your 21st birthday. This day is just one of many when more than ever; I miss you not being here. I wish I could g...ive you a big hug and let you know how immensly proud I am of everything you have achieved.
The lump in my throat comes back when I think, see or talk about you but my heart feels lighter with every memory relived and every funny story retold. I’m fortunate that there are so many that make me smile.
Your positivity was inspirational and you live on not only in my heart but also in the hearts of everyone you touched.
Lots of love on your special day Stephen and hope you’re celebrating in true ‘Ste Style’.
Mom
Beating Bowel Cancer 18 December 2015

Beating Bowel Cancer

As well as our nurse helpline, did you know we have a fabulous Online forum?
Michelle Cheshire was 41 when she was diagnosed one year ago today. She found the f...orum a real comfort during this really difficult time of her life and she continues to post on there following on from treatment mostly to help others.
She said "I guess it was between all the worrying and the diagnosis in December last year when I joined the Online forum. I wasn’t really interested in support from the specialist nurse or reading booklets I just wanted to talk to other people in the same boat.
I remember my first post which was something like “I’m a rabbit in a headlights.” Within a few minutes of posting I had so many replies. People were there for me. It was comforting. I couldn’t always talk to my family about how low I was feeling, I needed to talk to people that just got it and on the forum people really did just get it."
If like Michelle you or someone close to you feel they could benefit from support by the people that have been there, take a look at community.beatingbowelcancer.org/forum today.
Beating Bowel Cancer 18 December 2015

Beating Bowel Cancer

If diagnosed early, more than 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully and knowing what symptoms to look for is vital.
We’re working to promote ear...ly diagnosis of bowel cancer. Can you help by sharing this with your Facebook friends? Thank you.
For more information about bowel cancer, visit our website: www.beatingbowelcancer.org.
Beating Bowel Cancer 20 December 2015

Bowel & Cancer Research

2015 is nearly over so thank you for all your support. Every like, share, event and donation helps fund research or get our message out to save lives. Our lates...t blog post bit.ly/BCRrev is a 2015 research round up of what your donations have funded. Highlights include: a bowel cancer polyp project reducing the need for colonoscopies. Our award winning researcher that identified pain signalling in the human tissue of IBD patients. And a project to find an alternative to gastric bypass surgery and help fight obesity. It's been a busy year and we couldn't have done it without you. Thank you. Please share our good news.
Beating Bowel Cancer 21 December 2015

Beating Bowel Cancer

Our "Treating Metastases" booklet offers information on treatment options for people diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer.
There are also several patient storie...s from people like Barbara who have shared their experiences to give others hope and reassurance.
You can download the booklet here: http://bit.ly/1OhGFjE and you can also order any of our publications, free of charge, here: http://bit.ly/1ntVaGJ
Beating Bowel Cancer 22 December 2015

Bowel & Cancer Research

We've funded researcher Professor Blackshaw of Queen Mary University, where we are based, all thanks to your donations. He has developed a Fat pill containing n...atural oils that could beat obesity to change lives and save money. He says “If the trials work, this could be a major weapon in tackling the obesity crisis and type II diabetes. It could also cut the need for gastric bypass surgery which costs the NHS millions every year.” Read more here:bit.ly/FatPillbcr and please share this great news.
Beating Bowel Cancer 29 December 2015

Beating Bowel Cancer

Not a usual post on our Facebook page, but we wanted to say a big Happy Birthday to Scott Smith who turned 37 today.
Today, father of one Scott, celebrates anot...her birthday since being diagnosed in 2007.
They caught Scott's bowel cancer early. He did not have to go through chemo or have radiotherapy, but he still had all the worry and emotional hardship of a cancer diagnosis.
Thankfully Scott is doing really well and now has annual check-ups.
He is also a fantastic ambassador for our fundraising campaign Decembeard, and talks about his experience to large audiences all around the country to raise that all important awareness. Scott is living proof that finding it early saves lives.
If like Scott you want to talk about your experience, inspire and give hope to others, you can drop us a personal message or email Caroline.lee@beatingbowelcancer.org Thank you.
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