If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with bowel cancer, we’re here to help

How we can support you

Join Support Group

Contact bowel cancer nurse

Join our Facebook support groups for patients & whānau

Our Facebook groups provide a supportive environment for people affected by bowel cancer to talk through their journey with others going through similar experiences.

They are closed groups to ensure privacy, which means only members of the group can see posts. Whānau and carers are also welcome to join, but you must have a close family member undergoing treatment. We also have group rules and adminstrators to create a welcoming and safe atmosphere.

You’ll need to answer a couple of simple questions to join. One of these is that you live in New Zealand (because overseas treatments and procedures are often different). If you don’t answer all the questions, you may not be accepted – we do this to protect the privacy of our members.

Join our private Facebook groups
Bowel Cancer NZ

Contact our bowel cancer nurse support service

Our registered nurse, Victoria Thompson, is available by phone on 0800 BCNZ NURSE (0800 226 968) or through our website chatbot Monday to Thursday 10am – 4pm and also by email. Our nurse will be able to answer questions about the effects of various treatments, explain bowel cancer terminology, and provide support, information and contacts for other services.

Please note: this service is for non-urgent enquiries: it’s not a medical advice service and shouldn’t be used for diagnosis or treatment without further consultation with your GP and/or health team. If you or a member of your whānau are feeling unwell, please contact your GP, free call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or in an emergency, call 111.

If you have a query, please check our About Bowel Cancer or Support sections first, where you’ll find information about all aspects of bowel cancer, including resources, recipes, a service directory and personal stories of other Kiwis affected by bowel cancer.

All emails to our nurse support service will be treated in the strictest confidence and are subject to our privacy policy.

Email our bowel cancer support nurse
Bowel Cancer NZ Support

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