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Bowel and rectal / anal cancer (colorectal cancer)

If you, or someone you know has colorectal cancer, and you are looking for information about care or treatment, the links below will take you to reliable and evidence-based services and resources.

What to expect

The colorectal cancer pathway is a guide developed by the Victorian Government and Cancer Council Victoria, to help you know what to expect at every step after a diagnosis of colorectal cancer.

Diagnosis information

The links below will take you to information about colorectal cancer and the most recent approaches to treatment. It is important to remember that your doctor will prescribe the best treatment for you as an individual, or the person you care for.

Therefore, the treatment you receive, may be different to that described in some of the links below.

If you have any questions about your treatment, ask your treating team. They will be happy to help explain everything to you.

The Cancer Council Victoria provide an overview of bowel cancer, types of bowel cancer and how it is commonly treated.

Bowel Cancer Australia provide information about bowel cancer risks, diagnosis and treatment.

The Cancer Council Victoria provide an overview of anal cancer, types of anal cancer and how it is commonly treated.

The Unicorn Foundation provide an overview of gastric neuroendocrine tumour, types, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

The Colorectal Common Path video provides people with an opportunity to learn from others who have already experienced a cancer diagnosis.

Support information and services

Many people say that being diagnosed with colorectal cancer can be stressful and frightening. Knowing how to access services that can support you, if you need them, is important. The links below will take you to a range of sites that provide information to support people affected by colorectal cancer.

Bowel Cancer Australia provides access to a bowel care nurse support line as well as patient resources, peer support, discussion forums other support services.

The Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Institute links people with colorectal cancer together to share their experiences through support groups across Australia.

The Unicorn Foundation provide support to people affected by gastric neuroendocrine tumours

The Continence Foundation of Australia explains how and why bowel function changes after bowel surgery and gives you some simple guidelines for keeping things under control.

Access information about the Australian Government Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS)

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