The Bottom Line Podcast, hosted by bowel cancer survivor, Stephanie Bansemer-Brown, is a monthly chat sharing stories and lived-experiences. Hearing from those living with or beyond bowel cancer, as well as health professionals involved in bowel cancer treatment and care, can be a valuable resource that can encourage and inspire others.
Please note, podcasts may occasionally contain content that some listeners may find distressing.
Dr Newstead talks bowel surgery and the most important indicator of a successful operation
Stephanie chats with colorectal surgeon, Graham Newstead AM, about bowel surgery and what makes for an optimal surgical outcome.
Dr Newstead discusses removal of the primary cancer and regional lymph nodes, the different types of surgical procedures - open, keyhole and robotic - as well as recovering from an operation.
Give a $#*! About your bowel - June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - Bowel Cancer Australia's signature event to raise awareness of Australia's second deadliest cancer.
Chris discusses treatment planning and how his dog Pickle helped him
Stephanie chats with Chris about treatment options and the mental and physical impact of a metastatic bowel cancer diagnosis.
Diagnosed with stage IV bowel cancer at the age of 41 Chris discusses his feelings of being diagnosed with the same disease his father passed away from, the importance of remaining positive, and how he navigated a bowel cancer diagnosis with lung metastases.
Passionate about helping other young men, Chris talks honestly about the importance of connection, education and how his dog Pickle has helped him through the difficult moments.
Dr Bernard Chin discusses quality colonoscopy - 'If you see brown, we see brown'
Gastroenterologist Dr Bernard Chin chats to Stephanie about what makes for a good bowel prep and quality colonoscopy.
Dr Chin demystifies the procedure, shares tips to help patients prepare, and provides insights about what to expect before, during and after a colonoscopy.
Based in Cairns, Bernard is passionate about providing patient centric care, training future gastroenterologists, and ensuring those living in regional Australia have access to timely quality health care.
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Sean & Michelle discuss navigating a metastatic bowel cancer diagnosis
In Part 1 of this two part episode, Sean and Michelle chat to Stephanie from a patient and carer perspective about navigating a metastatic bowel cancer diagnosis.
Diagnosed at age 35, Sean talks about cancer being a team game and remaining in the 'now' while Michelle explains the sense of helplessness experienced as a carer.
Sean and Michelle are passionate about raising awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer and talk about the importance of understanding symptoms, being an advocate for your own health and talking and to your GP if you have any concerns.
Mark Allen shares his bowel cancer experience
Popular radio host and former golfer, Mark Allen was just 50 and feeling as fit as he had ever been when he was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in 2018.
Mark had 70% of his rectum removed, 18% of his lungs and extensive chemotherapy, but despite this, a couple of further bumps in the road Mark’s optimism shines through and he considers himself incredibly lucky. Back on the golf course, he was given all clear in May 2020.
Mark chats about the importance of remaining positive and encourages Australians not to be complacent and to DO the screening test and not leave it in your top draw.
Practical & peer-to-peer support - Camille
Mother of 4, and nurse, Camille from South Australia was just 38 when she first presented to the emergency department with severe abdominal pain, but was dismissed due to her age.
After a total of three visits to the emergency department she finally insisted on further investigation and discovered she had bowel cancer.
Camille wants to have a frank discussion about bowel cancer and make other’s aware of the importance of trusting your instincts and insisting on further investigation. Camille talks to Stephanie Bansemer-Brown on The Bottom Line Podcast about her experience, the importance of connection and Bowel Cancer Australia’s https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/buddy (Peer-to-Peer Support Network).
Fabulous, informative and reassuring
As a stage Three young onset bowel cancer survivor I found this podcast fascinating and reassuring. Along with the help of Bowel Cancer Australia and the fabulous teams involved in Australian medical systems this podcast is a brilliant life line of help and hope