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So what is a colonoscopy all about?

If you’ve managed to survive all the radiotherapy, chemo, surgery and the CT or MRI scanning that goes with treating bowel cancer, well done! But don’t think you are completely out of the woods… For there is one ordeal that goes with the territory and that’s the need to check that all is well down […]

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Getting the diet right for bowel cancer survivors

Nic Mitchell marks Bowel Cancer Awareness Month by looking at getting the diet right after treatment in a bid to lead something like a normal life again.

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Three years on from cancer – lessons learnt!

AMAZINGLY it is just over three years since I was recovering at home after having my operation to remove the cancerous part of my bowel and a subsequent hernia operation. So, what are the lessons and tips I can pass on to others recovering and surviving after cancer treatment? First, we are all different, but […]

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Time to end the bowel cancer screening lottery

April is an important month for both me and those campaigning to lower the bowel cancer screening age. For it is bowel cancer awareness month and this year the charity Beating Bowel Cancer is asking supporters to write to MPs to end the UK bowel cancer lottery, which sees the bowel cancer screening age start […]

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Helping cancer patients through the dark patches

More and more people are surviving cancer, but as I mentioned in my last blog ‘You are not alone: life after cancer’ that can just mean another chapter opening – and in this ‘Cancer-Talk’ I want to shine the spotlight on my local Holistic Centre and how it has helped get me through some dark […]

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My first bowel cancer anniversary !

As bonfire night falls, I’m reminded that exactly a year ago I was sitting down with a doctor at Middlesbrough’s One Life Centre to be told that I could have bowel cancer. It was a strange discussion! I had been referred by my own GP Dr Inder Basson for a colonoscopy after spotting signs of […]

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Coping with chemotherapy

It is now two months since starting my second round of chemotherapy and I’d like to share thoughts about coping with the side effects through post-op recovery in the hope of helping others. I had some idea what to expect after being put on a five-week course of chemo alongside daily radiotherapy to shrink my […]

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How cancer treatment is a bit like Snakes and Ladders!

It can feel like a game of Snakes and Ladders when you are undergoing cancer treatment. One moment you are rushing up the board, with MRI and CT scans and radiotherapy to attack the beast inside you. And then, with a poor throw the dice, you come crashing back down to earth with a delayed […]

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Handling your cancer operation and the after effects!

This has proved the hardest blog to write in my ‘Cancer-talk’ series because many of the things I thought would happen with my bowel cancer operation didn’t and I’m still in a twirl from the after effects a month later, which have just taken a sudden turn (see STOP PRESS towards the end of this […]

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Thank goodness Labour built new hospitals

Nic Mitchell explains why he is so glad Labour built a first-class hospital in Middlesbrough equipped with the latest equipment and expertise to fight cancer when they were last in power. I’d like devote this short ‘Cancer-talk’ blog to the importance of the May 7 General Election and its impact on the future of the […]

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