Everything You Hoped You’d Never Need to Know About Bowel Cancer

Everything You Hoped You’d Never Need to Know About Bowel Cancer

A Doctor's Very Personal Guide to Getting Through the Sh*t and Beyond

Anisha Patel


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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.

This is an eBook edition and can be viewed online or downloaded to the John Murray Learning app via your account. Please note you will not be able to save files to your computer.


Anisha Patel:
Dr Anisha Patel MBChB, MRCP, DFSRH, DRCOG, MRCGP undertook her medical training at the University of Birmingham and is now a general practitioner in West Sussex, UK. She was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 39, and since then her energy has been focused on raising awareness of bowel cancer, initially through her popular Instagram platform, @doctorsgetcancertoo. Today, she is a speaker and health educator, working as an on-screen doctor across a variety of media outlets to highlight a broad range of health agendas. Anisha appears regularly on television, podcasts, in magazines and print media, talking all things health and women's health, with a particular focus on cancers. She has featured on the 'No Butts' campaign, founded by the team from television's Lorraine and the late Dame Deborah James, whose aim is to dispel the stigmas surrounding bowel cancer. Anisha has taken part in a variety of health and cancer-related campaigns, as well as being a Trustee of Teens Unit and a Patron of the Fountain Centre, Guildford, two cancer charities supporting patients from diagnosis, through treatment, and beyond.