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Bowel cancer

Colorectal cancer

HCA UK has the facilities and expertise to screen for and diagnose bowel cancer

About

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a common form of cancer. Screening aims to detect the cancer at a very early stage, even before you start to display symptoms. Early detection means treatment is likely to be far more effective.

What is bowel cancer?

Watch our video to find out more about the symptoms of bowel cancer and how it is diagnosed.

Need to know

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    Your consultant will ask about your symptoms and whether you have a family history of bowel cancer.

    Screening can include:

    • a physical examination of your tummy and the inside of your bottom by your consultant
    • the insertion of a very small camera up your bottom in order to view your colon on a monitor
    • taking a small sample from inside your colon for tests
    • the inspection of your bowel using a slighter longer camera than the one used for your colon
    • a scan of your bowel and rectum.

    In each of the tests you'll not be given an anaesthetic. They may feel uncomfortable, but they are not painful.

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    Your bowel will need to be empty before any screening tests are carried out. You may be asked to eat a special diet and take a laxative to make you go to the toilet before you visit your consultant.
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    Screening should take no more than an hour to complete and you'll be able to go home afterwards.
Cancer care consultants

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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    London Digestive Centre

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3813 9497
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm

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    London Digestive Surgery

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3131 5319
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
    All of our upper GI and colorectal consultant are at our Chiswick clinic on Saturdays

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    London Digestive Health

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 7616 7645

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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