Presentation, diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer
Intended for healthcare professionals

Presentation, diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer

Jacquie Peck Senior clinical nurse specialist, Lower gastrointestinal oncology, The Harley Street Clinic, HCA Healthcare UK, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • » To understand the importance of, and the nurse’s role in, the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer to improve survival rates and enhance patients’ quality of life

  • » To enhance your awareness of the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and staging, risk factors and treatment options for colorectal cancer

  • » To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • » To contribute to your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Colorectal (bowel) cancer remains a common disease, particularly in developed countries. If diagnosed early, it has a high five-year survival rate, yet the disease remains a significant cause of mortality. This article aims to improve nurses’ understanding of the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer, and the role of all nurses in supporting early diagnosis and providing follow-up care. It also discusses the available treatment options for colorectal cancer, enabling nurses to offer informed care to patients, who in turn, can make informed decisions about their treatment.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11213


Peck J (2018) Presentation, diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11213

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 02 July 2018

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