Implementation of a multidisciplinary, nurse led clinic for cancer treatment related bowel dysfunction

Ms Carolyn Atkin1
1Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

With the introduction of new cancer treatments, patients are now living longer.  To reduce the impact on quality of life and better optimise support for patients, the consequences of these treatments need to be understood.  Patients may be cured but are left to suffer side effects of the therapies involved.

For patients who undergo pelvic radiotherapy and/or colorectal surgery, the post treatment gastrointestinal symptoms which affect quality of life are often poorly managed, with few dedicated services available for these issues.

This paper will discuss the implementation and function of a nurse led multidisciplinary clinic for patients experiencing bowel dysfunction related to cancer treatments.


Carolyn has worked at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as a stomal therapy nurse consultant for the last 10 years.


This conference is proudly hosted by the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses:

One of the Association's major objectives is the promotion of quality care for a wide range of people with specific needs. These needs may be related to ostomy construction, urinary or faecal incontinence, wounds with or without tube insertion and breast surgery.

Patients/clients across the life span are provided with preventative, acute, rehabilitative and continuing care as required. Another objective is the maintenance and improvement of professional standards in relation to Stomal Therapy Nursing Practice to the highest degree possible. Recognition of the need for and encouragement of the development of specialist expertise in the field of Stomal Therapy Nursing underpins the Standards for Stomal Therapy Nursing Practice.

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