Bowel cancer

A guide for people with bowel cancer

This section has been prepared to provide you with information about cancer of the bowel.

It provides information about diagnosis, treatment, practical support and the emotional impact of cancer.

We cannot tell you what is the best treatment for you. You need to discuss this with your own doctors. However, we hope this information will answer some of your questions and help you think about the questions you may want to ask your doctors.

If you find this information helpful, you may like to pass it on to your family and friends. The words in bold are explained in the glossary.

Screening programme

In New Zealand, a bowel cancer screening programme is being rolled out region by region for those without symptoms. 

The National Bowel Screening Programme is free for men and women aged 60 to 74 years who are eligible for publicly funded healthcare. It aims to save lives by finding bowel cancer at an early stage when it can often be successfully treated.

 For more information, talk to your doctor, call 0800 924 432, or visit the screening website: