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everything you hoped you’d never need to know about bowel cancer

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781399807074

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 30th March 2023

Genre: Health & Personal Development

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1 in 15 men.
1 in 18 women.
Every year in the UK 43,000 people are newly diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Dr Anisha Patel is one of them. Young, fit, and married to a consultant gastroenterologist and bowel cancer screening specialist, in 2018 she was diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer.

Despite being a family doctor, Anisha had no idea what would come next. With the benefit of hindsight, and after first-hand experience, she understands now that the diagnosis is just the beginning, that treatment can be physically and mentally overwhelming, and that the hard work really starts when the treatment ends.

Drawing on her own experience and her medical expertise, as well as that of specialists in the field, Anisha’s book is an essential companion for anyone facing a cancer diagnosis. She outlines what to expect at each stage, from diagnosis, through treatment and into the ‘new normal’ that awaits, with practical advice and emotional guidance for every step of the way.

Hers is not the only voice; here you will find a chorus of individuals who share their own lived experiences of bowel cancer and its aftermath, in the hope that they, too, can navigate you through the eye of the cancer storm, to thrive in the life beyond.

Powerful and personal, this is a life-saving book for a life-changing diagnosis, and a testament to human resilience and the enduring power of hope.


A book that will no doubt help many people, a complete insider's guide to bowel cancer told with compassion, warmth and some very practical tips. A must-read for anyone going through, or who knows someone with, a bowel cancer diagnosis.
Dr Amir Khan
A brilliant, much needed book about all things related to bowel cancer. I have learnt so much, and its written in a very personable manner.
Dr Nighat Arif
A fantastic resource for anyone facing a bowel cancer diagnosis, their families and friends.
Dr Zoe Williams
Anisha generously shares everything she has learned through her own bowel cancer journey to create this incredibly comprehensive one-stop-shop for anyone coping with cancer. Packed with practical tips and emotional support - from questions to ask your doctor to how to share the news with friends and family - this thoughtful book holds your hand throughout the journey of dealing with cancer and life afterwards. Her personality and expertise shines through this wonderful book, and we are very proud of her for sharing her experience so openly to help others.
Genevieve Edwards, CEO, Bowel Cancer UK
Anisha's experience as both a GP and a bowel cancer survivor gives her an important perspective on cancer and the impact of a diagnosis. She has a powerful voice to help others and is doing so much to raise awareness and support people going through treatment.
Tom Bourton, Media Volunteer Liaison, Cancer Research UK
As a fellow cancer bowelie, I can tell you that Anisha truly 'gets it', and all that cancer entails. If you want to understand more, read this!
Dr Philippa Kaye
Essentially reading for all of us, and brilliant advice. This book could save your life.
Lorraine Kelly
I am so impressed by how Anisha has faced her personal challenges, while continuing to promote the awareness of bowel cancer from both a patient's and a doctor's perspective. This book is a great guide for anyone facing a cancer diagnosis, and Deborah would have been proud to know that it will help so many people.
Heather James
The word "everything" is not used lightly in the title of this book!... I believe everyone will learn something from it and also be able to find some hope, reassurance and camaraderie within its pages.
Sam Alexandra Rose, Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Manager, Bowel Research UK
There is plenty of information to be found regarding bowel cancer, but when doctors themselves have experienced the condition, particularly when they are talented communicators, the information they impart is something truly special. Dr Anisha Patel writes with an authority, insight and passion which is truly unique. I would recommend this book to anybody who has ever been touched by bowel cancer.
Dr Hilary Jones, GP, TV Presenter, Medical Broadcaster, Author and Public Speaker
This book is a must-read for anyone affected by bowel cancer. Dr Anisha shares her own story with humour and honesty and guides you through every single crazy thought that will come into your head whilst gently explaining everything that is happening.
Dr Liz O'Riordan
This book is the best companion I have ever read for the journey following a cancer diagnosis... Told with care, compassion, humour, hope and honesty, it will help very many people.
Adam Kay