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£1.5m investment in bowel cancer treatment

£1.5m investment in bowel cancer treatment

Published at 8:00am 10th April 2016.

Yorkshire Cancer Research has launched a £1.5m five-year scheme aimed at improving standards of treatment and care for bowel cancer in Yorkshire.

The charity is using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place throughout April, to highlight a ‘postcode lottery’ in one year survival rates across the region.

It says outcomes for bowel cancer in Yorkshire vary widely between hospitals and lag behind the best UK and European institutions.

The new programme will be led by Professor Phil Quirke, an expert in bowel cancer based at the University of Leeds’ Institute of Cancer and Pathology. The project will use existing and new data to learn more about the current practice and performance of Yorkshire hospitals. The team will then work closely with hospitals to identify areas for improvement and the methods and processes they can use to improve.

Professor Quirke said: “This project will ensure the highest quality of treatment is available across the county including state of the art surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as collecting information specific to each patient which will be used to guide treatment and monitor outcomes.

“The aim is for all hospitals in the region to achieve the ‘gold standard’ in bowel cancer treatment and care, saving the lives of 150 patients every year in Yorkshire.”

Charles Rowett, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “The variation in bowel cancer outcomes across Yorkshire is shocking and needs to be tackled urgently. Thanks to the continued support of people living in and around Yorkshire, we are delighted to be able to fund research that will address these huge discrepancies so that everyone in the region, no matter where they live, has the very best possible chance of survival.”

 

Symptoms of bowel cancer include:

 

  • A persistent change in bowel habit, causing you to go to the toilet more often and pass looser stools

 

  • Blood on or in your stools, or bleeding from the back passage

 

  • Abdominal pain, discomfort or bloating

 

  • Weight loss

 

  • A straining feeling in the rectum

 

  • A lump in your back passage or abdomen

 

  • Tiredness caused by anaemia