Wednesday 21 May 2014

Food and nutrition

Trying to maintain your appetite through treatment for cancer can be a bit of a struggle at the best of times; the after effects can play havoc with your appetite too. For loved ones struggling to tempt you it can also be a difficult time. That is why it is good to have such a wealth of free information available to try and help guide both patients and carers alike.

Macmillan Cancer Support have a really good section on eating well including  some recipes for which I have attached the link;

Beating Bowel Cancer also have a very good section on diet after bowel cancer that is really worth taking a look at;

It was whilst reveiwing various sites that we stumbled across The Chemo Cookery Club website and the free downloadable cookery book called "Around the Kitchen Table". Just click on the link at the bottom of their page that states the title of the book and you can download it.
It has testimonials from a number of leading bowel cancer teams in the U.K.and cancer charities, as well as chefs, nutritionists and many more - we have attached the link here;

Rarely in life is anything free but this advice is perhaps one of the more important things that are; so if you or a loved one need a little help, take a quick look at some of these sites - they really do offer some very good information to help you.

Saturday 10 May 2014

Thank you....

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the 70 plus people who attended the AGM today. What a lovely time it was and how lovely to see so many of you. It is always such a joy and a time for us to chat, catch up and generally support each other.

As we discussed at the meeting this morning, it has been a big year for the Somerset Bowel Cancer Support Group with a change of chairperson, a new patron, new logo and the inception of this blog, as well as our own T-shirts, re-usable bags and lapel pins being printed.

Our outgoing Chairperson has held a position as co-founder, committee member as well as latterly, Chairperson, for the group over a number of years. The group, and particularly committee members, are truly grateful for his commitment over the years. He was an eloquent speaker at the Annual Events and AGM, and indeed would make a particularly fine after dinner speaker should you require someone with a vast and knowledgeable wealth of experience and information on the subject of bowel problems and surgical treatments.

We were able to welcome our new chairperson who is taking over from the outgoing chair, who is very much looking forward to his three years of tenure with us.

As well as this, we heard about the opening of the new surgical build at Musgrove Park Hospital with state of the art facilities that include en suite rooms for each patient.

Once again thank you for your attendance and we look forward to seeing you at our next event.

If you were unable to make today's event or indeed would like to be added to our mailing list, then please ring 01823 342452 and speak to the team, Mon-Fri 9-5 pm or leave a message on the answer machine with your name and address; we would be delighted to send you details of further events.

Monday 5 May 2014

Exeter University research

The average age for a bowel cancer diagnosis is said to be over the age of sixty. Here in Somerset the age range for bowel cancer at the local District General Hospital is 16 - 102. Whilst the largest majority are in the older brackets, there are an increasing number under the age of 50. It is with this in mind that the recent news regarding research in to bowel cancer diagnosed in the younger age bracket to be undertaken at Exeter University, in conjunction with Bowel Cancer UK, is so welcome. They have been awarded £120, 000 by the Department of Health to  undertake this research with the aim of improving the pick up of vital symptoms by GP's.

The research is a direct result of Bowel Cancer UK's "Never Too Young" campaign that highlighted serious delays in diagnosis which can, in turn, result in poorer outcomes. This research aims to improve upon pick up rates in this age range. 

We have added the link below for Exeter University should you wish to read more.