Bowel cancer patient stories
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Stories from bowel cancer patients
Helping more people survive cancer is the aim of everything we do. Read stories from people who have been affected by bowel cancer, and how research has made a difference to them.
"My wife persuaded me to see my GP"
Clive from Lancashire was diagnosed with bowel cancer in November 2003. “I am so grateful to my wife Linda, who persuaded me to see my GP after I told her about seeing blood in my poo. Luckily the cancer was caught in its early stages, and thanks to the excellent treatment I received, my last scans were clear and I am living life to the full.”
Research saves lives
Amanda from Essex was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012. “I felt like I’d been hit with a sledgehammer and my instant response was ‘How do I tell my children?’ Three years on, there’s no sign of cancer. I live for the moment and have done so much. Without research, I wouldn’t be here – it saves lives.”
Diagnosing cancer early
Carol from Lancashire, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2013 after completing a routine bowel screening kit she received in the post. “Thankfully I only needed surgery. Some people don’t like the idea of doing the tests, but I thought it was important. Because my cancer was diagnosed early, the treatment was straightforward. I was only in hospital for six days and made a good recovery.”
The FOXTROT trial
Alan from Kidderminster was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2008. He took part in the Cancer Research UK-funded FOXTROT clinical trial. “I think the trial definitely helped me. Having chemotherapy before my operation helped shrink my tumour which made it easier for the surgeon to remove.”