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New series for 2022: #thisisbowelcancer podcast

To mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month we've launched our new #thisisbowelcancer podcast series shining a light on the varied and many people affected by the disease.

Episode one: Raising awareness of bowel cancer

The first episode sees Genevieve Edwards, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK, discussing with bowel cancer patient Rachel Reed and Harriet Watson, Consultant Nurse at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust and a Clinical Advisor for Health Education England, what they're both doing to raise awareness of bowel cancer in their respective communities.

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Series one

BBC journalist George Alagiah hosts our podcast, interviewing supporters and leading experts on the disease, as well as discussing his own treatment and diagnosis.

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Episode one: Living well with advanced bowel cancer

George Alagiah interviews Matthew Wiltshire, 51 from Surrey, who has stage 4 bowel cancer, and the charity's former Chief Executive, Deborah Alsina MBE, about living well with advanced bowel cancer.

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Episode two: Managing a stoma

George Alagiah interviews Andrea Robson, 39 from London, who has stage 2 bowel cancer and a stoma, along with stoma nurse Lisa Allison, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pouch Care at Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospital, London, on managing a stoma.

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Episode three: Caring for a loved one with bowel cancer

George Alagiah interviews Stacey Heale from Southampton, whose husband Greg has bowel cancer, along with the charity's former Chief Executive, Deborah Alsina MBE, on what it's like caring for a loved one with the disease. 

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Series two

Episode four: Surgery and bowel cancer

George Alagiah interviews Barbara Hibbert from Harrogate who has stage 4 bowel cancer, along with surgeon Nicola Fearnhead from Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, about surgery to treat the disease.

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Episode five: Looking after your emotional health

George Alagiah interviews Greig Trout, 39 from Wokingham who was diagnosed with stage 2 bowel cancer, along with Professor Claire Foster, Professor of Psychosocial Oncology from the University of Southampton, about looking after your emotional health.

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Episode six: Chemotherapy and bowel cancer

George Alagiah interviews Steve Clark from Caversham, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 49 and is now on maintenance chemo for life. Joining them is oncologist Professor Mark Saunders, from The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, who explains the different types of chemotherapy for bowel cancer.

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COVID-19 special: Living with bowel cancer during the coronavirus pandemic

Host and BBC newsreader George Alagiah talks to fellow bowel cancer patient Beth Purvis, our Chief Executive Genevieve Edwards and Clinical Oncologist Prof. Richard Adams during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They discuss a wide range of subjects, including shielding, coming out of lockdown, the recovery of cancer services, and the impact of a cancer diagnosis on family.

For all our support and guidance on bowel cancer and coronavirus please visit our website.

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Never Too Young special: Bowel cancer in the under 50s

George Alagiah speaks to mum-of-three Sarah Bates, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged just 39, and oncologist Professor Mark Saunders to discuss the impact of bowel cancer on people under the age of 50.

The trio discuss a range of issues highlighted in our Never Too Young report and the importance of GPs being aware that, although rare, young people can be diagnosed with the disease.

This podcast was recorded in February 2020, prior to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.

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