Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust Blog

What is the cost of a life in NZ? Patient story – Sally Rangimare Wast

May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

Keytruda has given 65 year old Sally Rangimare Wast her life back. Just four cycles of Keytruda has shrunk her stage 4 bowel cancer tumours enabling her to enjoy remission for the past 18 months drug and cancer free.

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Southland Charity Hospital plans revealed on Blairs 40th Birthday

May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020

Southland Charity Hospital revealed their concept plans as a tribute to what would have been Blair Vining's 40th birthday today..

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FDA Approves new drug combo for aggressive bowel cancer mutation

May 08, 2020

May 08, 2020

The FDA has just approved a new drug combination for bowel cancer patients with the BRAF V600E mutation, an aggressive form of bowel cancer.

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Concerns raised over continuity of care as bowel screening programme on hold during COVID crisis

May 03, 2020

May 03, 2020

There is a concern of continuity of care for bowel cancer and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients as the National Bowel Screening programme is put on hold during the COVID-19 crisis.

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PHARMAC’s withdrawal of KEYTRUDA funding for lung cancer has knock on effect for bowel cancer patients

May 01, 2020

May 01, 2020

PHARMAC’s decision to postpone the funding of KEYTRUDA for lung cancer patients has a knock on effect for a number of other cancer types such as bowel cancer.

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Supporting bowel cancer rehab via Telehealth during COVID-19

Apr 30, 2020

Apr 30, 2020

Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust NZ has allocated funding for Telehealth services for bowel cancer patients bringing cancer rehabilitation directly into your home during the COVID-19 restrictions.

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Keytruda beats chemo for first-line treatment against bowel cancer

Apr 03, 2020

Apr 03, 2020

Unfunded immunotherapy drug, Keytruda, has beaten standard chemotherapy in a head to head test to delay cancer progression showing its viability to be used as a first-line treatment for MSI-H bowel cancer patients around the world.

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Sisters shave their head for Nana

Apr 01, 2020

Apr 01, 2020

With New Zealand in lockdown, two sisters have found a unique way to to keep themselves occupied and pay tribute to their Nana at the same time.

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COVID-19: Alert level 4 what does this mean for cancer patients?

Mar 25, 2020

Mar 25, 2020

New Zealand is preparing to go into lockdown tonight at 11.59pm after Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced she was raising the alert level and imposing a one-month country wide shut down.

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What is Lynch Syndrome?

Mar 22, 2020

Mar 22, 2020

The general population of New Zealand has a 6% chance of contracting bowel cancer in their lifetime but Lynch Syndrome sufferers have a rare hereditary condition that increases their lifetime risk of bowel cancer by up to 50% before the age of 70.

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Charity Achievements

Key milestones reached by Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust

$1.1million

Dollars distributed in the last 12 months to fund research and provide equity of care and better patient outcomes

195

Bowel cancer survivors rehabilitated after gruelling treatment helping to reduce cancer re-occurrence

109+

Bowel screening kits provided to Kiwi’s who do not qualify for free public screening to detect bowel cancer early

7+

Years we've been making a difference for bowel cancer patients in New Zealand