Bowel cancer symptoms: If you’re unable to do this one thing it could be a warning sign
BOWEL cancer either begins in the large bowel or the rectum, where cells multiply uncontrollably, forming a tumour. If you're finding it difficult to do a certain bodily function, it could be a sign of the deadly disease.
BOWEL cancer, also referred to as colon cancer is very treatable if caught in the early stages - when it's localised to one specific region of the body. The next time you go to the loo for a number two, check your faeces.
BOWEL cancer is also called colorectal cancer and it affects a person's large bowel which is made up of the colon and rectum. When the disease starts attacking the body a person may begin to notice changes in their size and shape of their stools warning that something is not quite right.
This study aimed to investigate the trends in colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality rates among the Western Australian (WA) population. This study further compared the trends with the timing of the implementation and rollout of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) and examined the survival predictors in CRC cases.MethodsThis study was a whole-population, retrospective longitudinal study and included all individuals with a confirmed histological diagnosis of primary invasive CRC diagnosed in WA from 1990 to 2014 (n = 25,932). The temporal trends were assessed by Joinpoint regression models and Kapla...
ConclusionsMismatch repair protein expression, histologic subtype, association with celiac disease, and, in the mismatch repair proficient subset only, T stage, may help identify patients who may benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy.Graphic Abstract
CONCLUSION: More active engagement of family medicine/general practice to improve screening promotion could be achieved through better QI resourcing without changing the fundamental design of population-based CRC screening programs. PMID: 32711438 [PubMed - in process]
Abstract Primary health care (PHC) plays a vital support role in organised colorectal cancer (CRC) screening programs by encouraging patient participation and ensuring timely referral for diagnostic assessment follow up. A systematic scoping review of the current evidence was conducted to inform strategies that better engage the PHC sector in organised CRC screening programs. Articles published from 2005 to November 2019 were searched across five databases. Evidence was synthesised and interventions that specifically require PHC involvement were mapped to stages of the CRC screening pathway. Fifty-seven unique stu...
CONCLUSIONS: Our study highlights the lack of uniformity of tattoo practice among endoscopists. Despite the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme guidelines, a significant proportion of colorectal lesions are still not tattooed during their first endoscopy. Some patients had to have repeat endoscopy just for the purpose of tattooing. Active involvement and participation of all endoscopists in the colorectal and the complex polyp multidisciplinary teams may help to improve the tattoo service. PMID: 32538104 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
eland S, Blomhoff R Abstract BACKGROUND: Dosage of chemotherapy for colon cancer is currently based on the patient's body surface area. Several studies have identified an association between low fat-free mass and chemotherapy toxicity among patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. This has been less widely studied for localised disease. This review aims to summarise studies that have investigated the association between clinical signs of disease-related malnutrition (low body mass index, weight loss and low muscle mass) and tolerance of chemotherapy in patients with localised colon cancer. MATERIAL AND MET...
BOWEL cancer is the second biggest cancer killer. The deadly disease begins in the large bowel where uncontrollable cancer cells form a tumour in either the colon or the rectum. Tenesmus is a warning symptom of the disease. What is it?
ConclusionMajority of resections were ‘optimal’ mesocolic plane dissections. Open resections yielded better quality specimens, but incurred more morbidity. There is room for improvement in the quality of laparoscopic colon cancer surgery, particularly those performed as emergency.