Up to 80% of people with rectal cancer undergo sphincter-preserving surgery and, of these, around 90% subsequently have a change in bowel habit, ranging from increased bowel frequency to faecal incontinence or evacuatory dysfunction. The wide spectrum of symptoms after resection and reconstruction of the rectum is termed anterior resection syndrome. Many patients feel isolated by their symptoms, which can have a devastating effect on their quality of life. This article describes the development of a patient-led support group, supported by clinical nurse specialists, for people with bowel dysfunction following surgery and treatment for rectal cancer.
Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2018.e1497Citation
Clarson E (2018) The value of anterior resection survivorship programmes. Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2018.e1497Peer review
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The author would like to thank Kelly Stackhouse, lead nurse, FINCH Service, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, and Jodie Smith, bowel function clinical nurse specialist, FINCH Service, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Published online: 04 May 2018
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