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Bowel (colorectal) cancer information

The information on this page is about cancer that occurs in the large bowel (colon and rectum). This is also known as bowel or colorectal cancer. To find out about anal or small bowel cancer please look at the other cancers page.  

Leaflets relevant to your care will be given to you at the appropriate time, giving you the chance to discuss them with your healthcare team, including your key worker. 

The colorectal team at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust produces the following leaflet, that you may wish to read:

Your Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) for Colorectal Cancer

If you are having surgery, you may find the following video useful:

General information

Click on the coloured text links below for general information that may be of help:            

Tests and investigations

Click on the above link to see if there is any online UHL information on the tests and investigations you may require. Use the search box to find out.

Chemotherapy and other drug therapies

UHL and other information about chemotherapy, hormone therapy, biological therapy (including immunotherapy) and other drug therapies.  Please note that not all therapies are suitable for all types of cancer. 


UHL and other information about radiotherapy treatment. Please note that radiotherapy is not suitable for all types of cancer. 

Eating, appetite or taste

Local and other information that you may find useful if you have eating problems as a result of your cancer or its treatment.      

Support groups

For details of cancer support groups in the local area please click on the heading above.     

Further information

If you would like more information, including details of how to contact a nurse specialist, please contact the Cancer Information Centre. Alternatively, click on the heading above for details of other organisations that may be able to help you.          

Information in languages other than English

To find out if there is any information about cancer, cancer treatments and living with cancer available in your preferred language, please click on the heading above, or contact the Cancer Information Centre.    

This page last reviewed 19/06/2023