Bowel cancer

Bowel cancers start in the bowel or intestines. Most start in the large bowel, which is made up of the colon and rectum. These cancers may also be described as colon, rectal or colorectal cancers.

In Australia, bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women.  

The Cancer Institute NSW recommends that all people with cancer have their care overseen by a multidisciplinary team (MDT).

In addition, people with rectal cancer (a type of bowel cancer) may need complex treatment and should be seen at a specialist centre.

Use our Canrefer website to find multidisciplinary teams and rectal cancer specialist centres in NSW and ACT.

Being diagnosed with cancer can be stressful and confusing. Having the right information can help you talk to your cancer care team and be more involved in your care.