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How do you ensure best practice in colorectal cancer care?

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  • Article: Taylor C (2012) Best practice in colorectal cancer care. Nursing Times; 108: 12, xx-xx.
  • Author: Claire Taylor is lecturer in gastrointestinal nursing, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing, King’s College London.

Key points

  • Some 40,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are dignosed in the UK every year
  • Risk factors for colorectal cancer include a high intake of meat and fat, smoking, lack of exercise and high alcohol consumption
  • Most colorectal cancers develop from benign polyps or adenomas and so can be detected before they become malignant
  • Accurate staging of the cancer will mean an appropriate treatment plan can be put together
  • Colorectal cancer treatment includes surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy

Let’s discuss

  • How do you ask patients about their bowel function when carrying out a routine assessment?
  • What signs and symptoms would indicate a risk of bowel cancer?
  • Patients aged 60-75 years are screened for bowel cancer every two years. How would explain the screening process to patients?
  • A recent NHS campaign has focused on patients’ embarrassment when talking about bowel function with health professionals. Why are people embarrassed to talk about their bowels and how can you help your patients to overcome these barriers?
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