Support for patients requiring a temporary or permanent illeostomy or colostomy
Bowel Cancer Australia's Stomal Therapist is experienced in caring for people who have had surgical treatment for their bowel cancer and require a temporary or permanent ileostomy or colostomy.
Fear of living with 'a bag' is common in bowel cancer patients but can be significantly eased with the right advice and practical support. The advisory service provides pre and post-operative support and advice on what to expect if this operation is being considered, stoma care and management, and stomal reversal.
A stoma refers to a piece of bowel (intestine) that is required to be placed as an outlet on the abdominal wall. A bag is therefore required to collect the output.
There are different types of stomas depending on the part of the bowel that is used and the reason a bag is required. The stoma may be permanent but most commonly will be temporary. Due to advancements in surgical techniques and management, the need for a permanent stoma has been greatly reduced.
If your surgery requires construction of a stoma, modern appliances (bags) and specialised stoma care from your stomal therapy nurse will ensure that you will be able to remain as active as you were before your surgery, once you have made a full recovery.
Your stomal therapy nurse will help you through the process and assist with the adjustments required as you return to a normal life.
Bowel Cancer Australia Stomal Therapist and Bowel Care Nutritionist work together to offer practical dietary advice for people living with an ileostomy or colostomy.
You can email Bowel Cancer Australia's Bowel Care Nurses any time for advice. Please send your questions using the form below and you will receive a response within 5 working days.
Alternatively, please call Bowel Cancer Australia's helpline on 1800 555 494 (10am -4pm weekdays).