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Family & Relationships Doctors diagnosed me with IBS — but it was stage 4 bowel cancer

10:53  18 december  2017
10:53  18 december  2017 Source:   prima.co.uk

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Doctors diagnosed me with IBS — but it was stage 4 bowel cancer . One woman with stage 4 bowel cancer is warning others to keep pushing for an answer if their gut feeling is that something's wrong. Most Popular. Deborah James. By Karen Gordon. 17 December 2017.

Therefore, make sure that you are diagnosed as having IBS by a medical professional. This is both because something like bowel cancer needs prompt treatment, but also because some of the diseases in the above At this stage it is important to work with your doctors to get the right treatment for you.

Doctors diagnosed me with IBS — but it was stage 4 bowel cancer © Deborah James Doctors diagnosed me with IBS — but it was stage 4 bowel cancer Changes in bowel habits are common, and most often we can put them down to too much wine, eating the wrong foods, starting a new job or, at worst, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But for 35-year-old mum-of-two Deborah James they were a sign of something more serious – bowel cancer.

'Six months prior to my diagnosis, I was passing blood in my stools and going to the toilet up to eight times a day. I went to my GPs and they told me it was probably IBS,' says Deborah.

Despite five more GP visits and constant reassurances that it was IBS – even blood tests and a stool sample came back 'normal' – Deborah was losing weight and feeling shattered as her symptoms continued.

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A fund has been started for the singer and guitarist of Southampton quartet Delays, Greg Gilbert, who was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer a few In a statement, the 40-year-old’s fiancée Stacey revealed, “Greg has been treated for IBS for a while and his GP didn’t think it was a major issue.

My husband was diagnosed 19 months ago with stage iv rectal cancer with mets to the liver. Surgery techniques have improved so much that some doctors call resection and radio frequency ablation "possibly curative treatments" for stage 4 bowel cancer .

'I had a nagging feeling that something wasn't quite right. I decided to take myself to see a private specialist, where I had a colonoscopy and saw a 6.5cm tumour that was bleeding,' she says.

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Life-changing diagnosis

Last year, one week before Christmas, Deborah was told she had stage 4 bowel cancer that had spread to her lungs.

'I was blindsided by finding out. Your world just falls apart when somebody tells you that you have cancer. It's very hard to come to terms with what that means,' she says. 

Deborah has undergone three major operations and 16 rounds of chemotherapy in the past year.

'I have at least another two operations to come to get rid of more tumours in my lungs and I'm still undertaking chemo,' she says. 'It's been a tough journey and still is, but my approach has been to be incredibly open about it.'

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The stage reflects the likely outlook and helps doctors to decide about treatment because research studies look at treatments by cancer stage. I was diagnosed with stage 4 tongue cancer recently and I've just had surgery to remove the tumour and my lymph nodes.

How is bowel cancer diagnosed ? Dr . XXXXXXX Rommstein, I had the colonoscopy , and some samples were removed from an area of the colon that needed to be remove, and the doctors said those samples were found to be cancerous . What is the prognosis for stage 4 bowel cancer ?

Op done! In ICU recovering but still managing to cheekily take the odd picture! There is a fab team of wonderful nurses and doctors helping me through my worry (and pain!). Thank you so much for your kind messages of support - much appreciated. fentanyl #awaywiththefairies #bowelcancer #lungmets

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Breaking the poo taboo

Deborah says that she was initially embarrassed about going to speak to her GP about her bowel habits.

'I would say that I skirted around my symptoms a little bit too much and actually people need to get to the point where they can talk openly about poo,' she says. 'Now, I publicly speak about it and I'm very comfortable with that. But I'm only recognising that it will save lives by doing so.'

Deborah is warning others not to dismiss their symptoms when they've got a gut feeling that something's wrong.

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Pam Pope complained of symptoms for 15 months before doctors diagnosed her as suffering irritable bowel syndrome ( IBS ). 'I was already stage four when they operated because the cancer had gone undetected for so long,' she said.

Bowel cancer . My mom was diagnosed in august with stage 4 lung cancer . It is hard to believe she is sick right now seeing her so OK. The doctors have told us theyre surprised she is walking. Mum was diagnosed for 10 days and they didnt offer any treatment as it was already far to advanced.

'If you're concerned about anything, even if it's niggling you, it's your body, so be persistent with getting yourself checked. It's much better to break the taboo and go and talk about poo than it is to worry,' says Deborah.

Positive journey

Despite the prognosis – fewer than one in 10 people survive for more than five years – Deborah is determined to live life to the full. She's filling her time going to festivals, wine tasting with friends and generally doing all she can to change how people living with cancer are viewed.

'I've chosen to make it as much of a positive journey as I can. I recognise the importance of things that I never understood to be before,' she says.

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Deborah has spoken openly and honestly about her diagnosis with her children Hugo, nine, and Eloise, seven.

'They're really supportive and they actually get to see more of me now as I've gone from being a full-time working mum to having a bit more flexibility over what I'm doing,' says Deborah.

Never too young

A self-confessed health freak, Deborah is proof that cancer can happen to anybody, regardless of their age or lifestyle.

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Hi my name is Jewel Brown and last year at the age of 30 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Bowel Cancer . Looking back I had had symptoms of diarrhoea and cramps for about 6-7 years with stomach cramps that were unbearable at times. My doctors diagnosed me with IBS and I was prescribed

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Every year, 2,500 younger people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK. According to Willie Hamilton, Professor of Primary Care Diagnostics at the University of Exeter Medical School and medical advisor for Bowel Cancer UK, only one in five patients under the age of 50 are diagnosed at the earliest stages, when survival rates are much higher.

'Many younger people are not aware that they may be at risk,' he says. 'Even when they're aware of the symptoms, they don't recognise them as serious. This can lead to delays in going to see the GP.'

Symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A change in bowel habit lasting for three weeks
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy.

If you have any concerns or if things just don't feel right, go and see your GP.

Follow Deborah's story on Twitter or Instagram. She has her own blog called Bowel Babe.

Deborah James is supporting Stand Up To Cancer, a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 to accelerate ground breaking cancer research and save more lives, more quickly. Deborah is a contributor to Don't Buy Her Flowers' Stand Up To Cancer Care Package, which contains bespoke gifts to help cancer patients and their carers when they need it most.

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But her GP wrongly diagnosed her with irritable bowel syndrome ( IBS ) as the mum-of-one Hayley was eventually diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer , meaning it Experts have warned doctors are therefore missing key opportunities to diagnose patients with bowel cancer – opportunities that

Diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome ( IBS ) can be frustrating, both for people presenting with IBS symptoms and for clinicians. This distinguishes IBS from cancer -related pain, which typically has a fixed site.

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