Colorectal Cancer Nursing Department

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Colorectal Cancer Nursing Department

The role of the colorectal nurse is to be a patient's key contact through their pathway of care.  We are an experienced team with a multitude of skill levels. 

The information on these pages will help guide you through your treatment and set you on the pathway to recovery and return to your everyday life.

Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer after lung cancer. Over 30,000 people a year are diagnosed with it. Bowel cancer affects both men and women, mainly people over the age of 60.  However, there are an increasing number of cases a year under the age of 60.

In most people, the cause of cancer of the large bowel is still unknown, although many are thought to arise from polyps in the bowel. If these are found on colonoscopy, they will be removed if possible.  People with a strong family history of bowel cancer may also have an increased risk of developing the disease.


The main treatment options include surgery, radiotherapy (x-ray treatment) and chemotherapy (drug treatment). 

The appropriate treatment for you as an individual will be discussed with your consultant in the multidisciplinary team, which includes surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, colorectal/stoma nursing team and gastroenterologists.

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