Colorectal cancer occurs in the lower gastrointestinal tract or the large intestine of the digestive system. Colorectal cancer can also be referred to as colon, bowel, anal or rectal cancer, depending on the location of the cancer.
I have over 24 years work experience as a Registered Nurse, including my role as a cancer nurse coordinator since 2017, completing my Masters in Clinical Nursing in 2021.I work closely with the Multidisciplinary team, coordinating care for newly diagnosed colorectal and anal cancer patients. I am passionate about ensuring people have access to the information and services they need, to support them through their cancer journey.
When diagnosed with cancer, it's common to feel overwhelmed and forget questions to ask the doctor. The Cancer Council offers a list of suggested questions for you or your carer to ask at appointments.
These can help you be more involved in your care.
For information on bowel cancer awareness, support and research:Bowel Cancer Australia