Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK. The cancer can be in either the lower bowel (also known as the colon, or large intestine) or rectum, so it is sometimes referred to as colorectal cancer.


Many people with early stage bowel cancer don’t have symptoms.

The following may all be symptoms of cancer:

  • Bleeding from your bottom or blood in your stools
  • Change in bowel habits (such as constipation or diarrhoea) lasting more than a few days
  • Pain or abdominal cramps.

When to come to us?

There are a number of initial tests needed to diagnose bowel cancer. These start with:

  • Discussion about symptoms and medical history
  • A physical examination
  • Scans, such as an ultrasound

If these tests suggest you may have bowel cancer, your consultant will probably recommend a colonoscopy and biopsy. This will allow a sample of bowel tissue to be sent for examination under a microscope.

If you are diagnosed with bowel cancer, you will have immediate access to world-class specialists and state of the art facilities.

We treat every patient on an individual basis. You will have the option to choose what you want, where and when. Our aim is to give everyone the best possible results.

Your consultant will work closely with other specialists in a multidisciplinary team to design a treatment plan for you.

The treatment of bowel cancer depends on the type of cancer, how advanced it is and whether it has spread, as well as a patient’s age and general health. Generally, an operation is recommended to remove the cancer. Chemotherapy may also be considered.

We have a team of highly experienced Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) to support patient and consultant throughout the cancer treatment plan. They will work closely together to co-ordinate your care, and are there to advise and support you every step of the way.


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