Bowel or Colorectal Cancer


Bowel or Colorectal Cancer Information about bowel cancer and the new keyhole operations available for selected patients. Bowel cancer is common, especially in the Western World.  It is the third most common cancer in the UK.  It is also called colon cancer or rectal cancer.  The prognosis has been very poor for bowel cancer patients [...]

Bowel or Colorectal Cancer2023-01-18T18:08:13+00:00

Colorectal Cancer Follow Up Guidelines


Colorectal Cancer Follow Up Guidelines Here are the current follow up guidelines for patients in Mr Moore's clinic who have had previous colorectal cancer treatment with curative intent CEA (Carcinoembryonic antigen) tumour marker blood testing Ideally check CEA every 6 months for 3 years and then annually after that until the patient is not [...]

Colorectal Cancer Follow Up Guidelines2023-02-27T15:37:50+00:00

Colon Polyp Follow Up Guidelines


Colon Polyp Follow Up Guidelines Guidelines for post-polypectomy surveillance First ask if the baseline colonoscopy achieved caecal intubation with adequate bowel prep and clearance of all premalignant polyps. Consider site-check for 10-19mm non-pedunculated colorectal polyps without histological confirmation of complete excision. Large (>20mm) non-pedunculated colorectal polyps With histological R0 en bloc excision - One-off surveillance [...]

Colon Polyp Follow Up Guidelines2023-01-22T08:30:02+00:00

Anal Cancer


Anal Cancer Fortunately anal cancer is rare but it can give the exactly same symptoms as piles. Anal cancer is rare, much less common than bowel cancer.  The symptoms of anal cancer can be exactly the same as haemorrhoids, often giving bleeding and irritation.  If a person has new anal or bowel symptoms that do [...]

Anal Cancer2023-01-18T17:41:51+00:00

Diverticular Disease


Diverticular Disease This common benign condition can cause abdominal pain, change in bowel habit and bleeding out of the anus. Diverticular disease is a very common condition in mature people especially in the Western World.  It is thought that people develop diverticular disease because there is not enough bulky moist fibre in their diets.  This [...]

Diverticular Disease2023-01-18T17:38:57+00:00

Patient experience of diverticular disease


Patient experience of diverticular disease One of my patients has kindly written about her experience with complicated diverticular disease for the benefit of others Living with Diverticular Disease - a patient perspective. Five years ago, at the age of 45, it was a shock to be told that I had the bowel of a 70 [...]

Patient experience of diverticular disease2023-01-18T17:35:32+00:00

Haemorrhoids or Piles


Haemorrhoids or Piles Common bulges at the anus that can irritate and bleed. The first and most important thing to say about haemorrhoids is that you should make sure that a qualified doctor has confirmed that this is the correct diagnosis.  This is because other much more serious conditions such as anal or rectal cancer [...]

Haemorrhoids or Piles2023-01-18T17:19:08+00:00

Anal Fissure


Anal Fissure Patients often have an anal fissure rather than haemorrhoids. An anal fissure is a tear in the anal canal.  It may arise after passing a particularly hard or large bowel motion or after anal trauma.  It gives symptoms of bleeding and itching, like haemorrhoids, but is often much more painful. It is thought [...]

Anal Fissure2023-01-18T17:15:53+00:00

Perianal Abscess


Perianal Abscess Infections at the anus are common and can form abscesses. The anus has numerous glands that are constantly being infected.  Normally the infection discharges inside the anus and goes unnoticed.  Rarely these infections instead discharge in to the fat of the buttock around the anus and then they can form a painful abscess.  [...]

Perianal Abscess2023-01-18T17:19:45+00:00

Anal Fistula


Anal Fistula Sometimes anal infection can lead to a fistula. Sometimes perianal abscesses do not heal properly and leave an abnormal track running from the inside of the anus or rectum to the nearby skin; this is called a fistula.  Anal fistulas can be complicated because they might incorporate parts of the anal sphincter mechanism [...]

Anal Fistula2023-01-18T17:11:08+00:00
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