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The Bottom Line Podcast
25 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
Gemma talks of the day she was told she had young-onset bowel cancer 'You instantly think of your children. I’ll never forget that one moment!'
Experiencing ongoing vomiting and stomach pain, Gemma was diagnosed during the Covid-19 pandemic with stage IV bowel cancer at the age of 35. Stephanie and Gemma talk about the emotional toll of being isolated from her family and friends throughout treatment.Gemma discusses peritoneal metastases, including hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), which involves filling the abdominal cavity with chemotherapy that has been heated (also known as 'hot chemotherapy') following surgery to remove cancerous tumours.Passionate about raising awareness and helping other young people, Gemma also discusses the need to connect with a good support network and encourages people to saviour the special milestones and enjoy the things that make you happy.
42 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
'There is so much we don’t know and equally so much opportunity to improve patient outcomes,' A/Prof Jeanne Tie explains.
A/Prof Jeanne Tie is the lower gastrointestinal medical oncology and trials lead at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and senior research fellow in the Personalised Oncology Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Stephanie and A/Prof Tie discuss personalising treatment for bowel cancer patients using prognostic and predictive biomarkers, including circulating tumour DNA.A/Prof Tie is passionate about the new frontier of cancer, the opportunities to improve patient outcomes and the importance of research and clinical trials.
33 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Kate recalls “I feel like I owe her my life. I feel like baby Ava saved me.”
Five months pregnant and managing the emergency services response to the COVID -19 pandemic, Kate Fitzgerald was shocked when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2020. Kate discusses with Stephanie the difficult decisions she faced, not only for her health, but the health of her unborn baby, including possible termination and miscarriage as well as the five-hour surgery which involved her baby and womb being taken out of her body so the surgeon could remove the tumour. Sharing her inspirational story, Kate says had she not been pregnant, she would probably have ignored her symptoms until it was too late, crediting her daughter, baby Ava, with saving her life.
56 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
'The loss I have suffered will not decrease any more today, tomorrow or next year, I will just grow with it,' says Michelle.
In Part 2 of this two part episode (listen to Part 1), Michelle discusses grief with Stephanie following the loss of her husband, Sean, to young-onset bowel cancer, aged 36 in April 2021. Michelle talks openly and honestly about the impact of losing Sean, her anticipatory grief and how Sean gave her permission to be happy and continue living. This episode sensitively confronts an often-difficult discussion, offering practical and real advice for coping with the loss of a loved one. Learning to be gentle on herself, Michelle’s warm and compassionate chat is essential listening for anyone who is experiencing grief.+ + +Grief resources referred to -Nora McInerny - TED Talk | Hot Young Widow's clubMegan Devine - Refuge in grief | It's Ok not to be Ok | Rules at impact (pdf at the bottom)
34 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
"I find it very humbling. I feel like I really do make a difference," Stoma Nurse, Amanda explains.
Over the past 16 years, Stoma Nurse Amanda Richardson has helped thousands of patients with pre and post-operative stoma support and advice, stoma care and management, and stoma reversal.Honest and engaging, Amanda's warmth and care for her patients shines through in her chat with Stephanie on temporary/permanent ileostomy and colostomy, as well as in helping patients overcome a common fear of living with a 'bag'. Amanda says it is the most rewarding job she has ever had.
23 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Donna recalls "it was such a dark time but I just remember thinking. . . I so want to be a grandmother. I so need to be here for my boys.”
Donna Hope was juggling life as a State MP when she was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer in 2013. On this episode she talks with Stephanie about how she navigated her cancer diagnosis in a busy high-profile position. Now a passionate advocate for raising awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer she discusses the importance of knowing your symptoms and family history, speaking with your GP and being a champion for your own health. Donna talks honestly about how delaying her diagnosis put her life at risk and how she now looks at each birthday as a privilege. In an honest and warm chat Donna discusses how her four boys helped her stay positive and how she tries not to sweat the small stuff.
42 minutes | May 26, 2021
Dr Newstead talks bowel surgery and the most important indicator of a successful operation
Stephanie chats with colorectal surgeon, Graham Newstead AM, about bowel surgery and what makes for an optimal surgical outcome.Dr Newstead discusses removal of the primary cancer and regional lymph nodes, the different types of surgical procedures - open, keyhole and robotic - as well as recovering from an operation. Give a $#*! About your bowel - June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - Bowel Cancer Australia's signature event to raise awareness of Australia's second deadliest cancer.
26 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Chris discusses treatment planning and how his dog Pickle helped him
Stephanie chats with Chris about treatment options and the mental and physical impact of a metastatic bowel cancer diagnosis. Diagnosed with stage IV bowel cancer at the age of 41 Chris discusses his feelings of being diagnosed with the same disease his father passed away from, the importance of remaining positive, and how he navigated a bowel cancer diagnosis with lung metastases. Passionate about helping other young men, Chris talks honestly about the importance of connection, education and how his dog Pickle has helped him through the difficult moments.
24 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Dr Bernard Chin discusses quality colonoscopy - 'If you see brown, we see brown'
Gastroenterologist Dr Bernard Chin chats to Stephanie about what makes for a good bowel prep and quality colonoscopy. Dr Chin demystifies the procedure, shares tips to help patients prepare, and provides insights about what to expect before, during and after a colonoscopy.Based in Cairns, Bernard is passionate about providing patient centric care, training future gastroenterologists, and ensuring those living in regional Australia have access to timely quality health care. + + +If you are aged 18-and-over and have had a colonoscopy, we invite you to provide feedback about your experience.My Colonoscopy Experience is a simple online questionnaire that can be completed anonymously, which allows you to report what the colonoscopy experience was like for you, as a patient.It only takes a small amount of time to complete, but it can have a big impact.Help us ensure the patient voice is heard, so that future colonoscopy care reflects what patients want and need.Click the link to share your experience: https://bit.ly/3sMxAeL
33 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Sean & Michelle discuss navigating a metastatic bowel cancer diagnosis
In Part 1 of this two part episode, Sean and Michelle chat to Stephanie from a patient and carer perspective about navigating a metastatic bowel cancer diagnosis.Diagnosed at age 35, Sean talks about cancer being a team game and remaining in the 'now' while Michelle explains the sense of helplessness experienced as a carer.Sean and Michelle are passionate about raising awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer and talk about the importance of understanding symptoms, being an advocate for your own health and talking and to your GP if you have any concerns.
21 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Mark Allen shares his bowel cancer experience
Popular radio host and former golfer, Mark Allen was just 50 and feeling as fit as he had ever been when he was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in 2018. Mark had 70% of his rectum removed, 18% of his lungs and extensive chemotherapy, but despite this, a couple of further bumps in the road Mark’s optimism shines through and he considers himself incredibly lucky. Back on the golf course, he was given all clear in May 2020. Mark chats about the importance of remaining positive and encourages Australians not to be complacent and to DO the screening test and not leave it in your top draw.
10 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Practical & peer-to-peer support - Camille
Mother of 4, and nurse, Camille from South Australia was just 38 when she first presented to the emergency department with severe abdominal pain, but was dismissed due to her age.After a total of three visits to the emergency department she finally insisted on further investigation and discovered she had bowel cancer.Camille wants to have a frank discussion about bowel cancer and make other’s aware of the importance of trusting your instincts and insisting on further investigation. Camille talks to Stephanie Bansemer-Brown on The Bottom Line Podcast about her experience, the importance of connection and Bowel Cancer Australia’s Peer-to-Peer Support Network.
14 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
45-49 Gen Xers most at risk - Bernard Salt AM
A new report, Protecting nine million Australians: the case for screening from age 45 by social demographer Bernard Salt AM, Managing Director of The Demographics Group, and commissioned by Bowel Cancer Australia, examines the growing impact of bowel cancer in people under 50 and the benefits of lowering the screening age.The release of the report coincides with the draft recommendation from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for screening to start at age 45, which matches that of the American Cancer Society (ACS), which in May 2018 issued the same recommendation.
16 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Talking poo & symptoms - Dr Graham Newstead AM
Bowel Cancer is Australia’s second deadliest cancer, with over 15,000 people diagnosed each year and over 5,000 dying from the disease, however it is preventable, treatable and beatable.Colorectal surgeon, Graham Newstead talks about poo and what to look out for in the toilet bowl, as well as bowel cancer symptoms and the need for all Australians to be bowel cancer aware regardless of age.
18 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Diet & bowel cancer risk - Teresa
Meat Free Week challenges participants to try a plant-based menu for seven days and raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia.Bowel Care Nutritionist and bowel cancer survivor, Teresa Mitchell-Paterson, talks diet and the impact of meat to mark Meat Free Week as well as the importance of food for bowel cancer patients during treatment, recovery and beyond, sharing practical advice and valuable tips to assist with diet.
10 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
My age was not a factor - Dannielle
A new Australian study has found the rates of bowel cancer in people under 50 continue to rise.Dannielle was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 28. Over a period of a few years she sought medical help and knew something wasn't quite right, but bowel cancer was constantly dismissed because of her age. This delay resulted in her stage 4 diagnosis.
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