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I was diagnosed with advanced rectal cancer in January 2016 (T3 N0 M0). My local surgical team (in a major South West hospital) said the only treatment was the “gold standard” abdominoperineal resection (APR), in which one’s bum is cut out, sewn up and a permanent stoma (poo bag) is created on one’s tummy (colostomy).…

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It all started in November 2013. At the age of 81 years and in good physical health I noticed blood where there should not be blood. I talked to my very excellent GP, Doctor Thomas and from here the magnificent NHS rolled into motion…and my life changed considerably. I learned a new language. Words and…

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My name is Ron Johnston and I’m writing this story two reasons. Firstly, to acknowledge my gratitude to Prof Myint and his Papillon team at Clatterbridge Cancer Research Centre. My other reason is to add my story to the others on this site to give hope and confidence to those…

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My name is Richard (I’m the one on the left of the picture) and on the 2nd March 2012 at 2.30pm at the age of 38 years old I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. This discovery came about after 12 months of being told that I was suffering from IBS and who am I to…

 

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Papillon treatment: A Patient’s Story

This short film follows patient Andrew Haig as he has Papillon treatment at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. It shows what the treatment is like and what patients can expect when they come for treatment at a Papillon centre.

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The day I was diagnosed with bowel cancer, I was dumbstruck, and the day that I was informed that I needed surgery to remove a section of my bowel, sew up my bum and attach a colostomy bag, was the end for me, emotionally and physically.  I could not envisage my future. I could only see…

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Hi, My Name is Pete and I am 56 years of age. Back in 2008 I was diagnosed by my GP with a prolapsed pile or haemorrhoid and also I was told that I had irritable bowel syndrome, I was prescribed cream for the haemorrhoid and tablets for the irritable bowel. I was told that the bleeding…

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