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

Physio for bowel cancer

Join our Facebook support group for patients & whānau

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

It’s a closed group to ensure privacy, which means only members of the group can see posts. Family members/whānau are also welcome to join, but you must have a close family member undergoing treatment. We also have group rules to create a supportive and welcoming atmosphere.

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

Join our private Facebook group

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
Contact our bowel cancer nurse support service

Funding for physio rehab sessions

Bowel Cancer NZ is proud to have partnered with PINC & STEEL to help fund and support Kiwis living with bowel cancer who need financial assistance to attend cancer rehabilitation programs each year.

We fund four individual sessions with a certified cancer rehab physiotherapist. This applies for those recovering from bowel cancer surgery or going through treatment. Each session is designed to maximise your recovery and help you regain physical and emotional strength.

To be eligible you must be undergoing, or have recently completed, treatment for bowel cancer. Our funding is for people who would benefit from the programme but are unable to access it without financial support.

It is with thanks to Dry July NZ that we are able to fund this programme.


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