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'A social worker looks at the person wholistically both the physical as well as the social aspects affecting your health,' says Victoria.
Episode 2330th June 2022 • The Bottom Line Podcast • Bowel Cancer Australia
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Victoria has recently joined the Bowel Cancer Australia team as a Bowel Care Oncology Social Worker.

Her compassion shines through as she chats to Stephanie about the importance of looking after your wellbeing and all the aspects that impact your life while navigating your bowel cancer journey.

Offering practical tips from how to communicate with your family to financial and work-related questions, Victoria explains how access to a social worker can provide a scaffold, to support you through your diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

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23. 'A social worker looks at the person wholistically both the physical as well as the social aspects affecting your health,' says Victoria.
22. "There is a lot of gaps in survivorship care for bowel cancer patients," Sally explains.
21. 'Women’s bodies seem to offer so many potential detours when looking for a diagnosis. Be willing to politely question a medical professional,” says Margaret.
20. 'My friends were finishing high school and celebrating their 18ths while I am mourning at my Mum’s funeral,' Chantel explains.
19. “You get a little picnic rug for your poo and take the poo to the picnic,” Cal Wilson describing her NBCSP experience
18. “I can feel profound loneliness as a cancer patient trying to access treatment during COVID-19,” says Nicole.
17. "Anxiety and depression go hand in hand with pain – we must improve pain management and report it loud and clear, “ says Dr Tim Hucker.
16. Gemma talks of the day she was told she had young-onset bowel cancer 'You instantly think of your children. I’ll never forget that one moment!'
15. 'There is so much we don’t know and equally so much opportunity to improve patient outcomes,' A/Prof Jeanne Tie explains.
14. Kate recalls “I feel like I owe her my life. I feel like baby Ava saved me.”
13. 'The loss I have suffered will not decrease any more today, tomorrow or next year, I will just grow with it,' says Michelle.
12. "I find it very humbling. I feel like I really do make a difference," Stoma Nurse, Amanda explains.
11. Donna recalls "it was such a dark time but I just remember thinking. . . I so want to be a grandmother. I so need to be here for my boys.”
10. Dr Newstead talks bowel surgery and the most important indicator of a successful operation
9. Chris discusses treatment planning and how his dog Pickle helped him
8. Dr Bernard Chin discusses quality colonoscopy - 'If you see brown, we see brown'
7. Sean & Michelle discuss navigating a metastatic bowel cancer diagnosis
6. Mark Allen shares his bowel cancer experience
5. Practical & peer-to-peer support - Camille
4. 45-49 Gen Xers most at risk - Bernard Salt AM
3. Talking poo & symptoms - Dr Graham Newstead AM
2. Diet & bowel cancer risk - Teresa
1. My age was not a factor - Dannielle