Bowel Cancer UK has produced a new information pack called 'Your Diet: Living with and beyond bowel cancer' which will inform and give tips to people recovering from bowel cancer.
Every year, over 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and around 15,700 people die of the disease. Bowel Cancer UK aims to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.
The pack which is evidence-based and reviewed by healthcare professionals and patients, contains a variety of leaflets including:
- What is a balanced diet?
- Eating with a low appetite
- Managing cancer related fatigue
- Fibre after bowel cancer
- Managing diarrhoea
- Managing constipation
- Coping with wind
- Changing to a vegetarian or vegan diet
- Gaining weight safely
- Losing weight safely
- Physical activity after bowel cancer
- When to seek professional advice
- Eating and drinking during treatment
- Eating and drinking with metastatic disease
- Eating and drinking with an ileostomy
- Eating and drinking with a colostomy
- Food and symptom diary
Bowel Cancer UK patron, actor Ben Richards, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012 but has since recovered, said: "When you are recovering from bowel surgery, food can be your friend and your enemy, you know you need the nutrients to get you on your road to recovery, yet are afraid of how your insides will deal with each food group, trial and error can be tough. That is why I am so pleased to see Bowel Cancer UK help address these issues with their downloadable diet resource pack."
Gail Curry, Health Promotion and Outreach Manager says: "This pack is intended to support bowel cancer patients and their families with any problems they may face after bowel cancer treatment. We hope that those recovering from bowel cancer will see an improvement in their symptoms after using the pack. It offers helpful information and tips on what to eat for a variety of post-surgery problems".
'Your Diet: Living with and beyond bowel cancer' can be downloaded from the Bowel Cancer UK website and is available for people to order directly from Bowel Cancer UK.