The Bottom Line Podcast

The Bottom Line Podcast

An award winning podcast hosted by bowel cancer survivor, Stephanie Bansemer-Brown, is a monthly chat sharing stories and lived-experiences. Hearing from those living with or beyond bowel cancer, as well as health professionals involved in bowel cancer treatment and care, can be a valuable resource that can encourage and inspire others. Please note, podcasts may occasionally contain content that some listeners may find distressing.

Episodes

November 30, 2022 26 min

Losing a partner is challenging at any point in your life, but to be a widow with two young children in your early 30’s is particularly difficult.

Abbey with shines through as she discusses with Stephanie her husband, Marcus’ shock bowel cancer diagnosis aged just 34 and how they navigated the next 12 months together, making special memories with their very young children before his passing.

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For Anthony Ellison, exercise and a healthy lifestyle were front and centre in his life, so when he was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer, three days shy of his 40th birthday, he was knocked for a six. Three years later, Anthony’s positive outlook and drive to challenge the norm, sees him tackling the cancer head on.

Anthony and Stephanie discuss the impact of exercise, both physically and mentally, and how early on he decided to ...

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AFL great and mental health advocate, Wayne Schwass, is passionate about good physical and emotional health and urges Australians to tackle the difficult conversations. 

After years of struggling with depression silently, Wayne confronted the condition head-on and has gone on to launch PukaUp. 

In 2019, after a routine screening test, Wayne was diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP), a bowel disease that usually affects...

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Gastroenterologist John Ding specialises in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Both conditions can cause inflammation of the colon and rectum, and it left untreated can be a pre-cursor to bowel cancer.

Stephanie and John discuss diagnosing both conditions via colonoscopy and gastropathy, as well as non-invasive procedures such as an intestinal ultrasound and faecal investigations ...

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Jessica was juggling life as a new Mum and a promotion at work when she was diagnosed with stage 2 bowel cancer aged just 33. 

Now a passionate advocate for raising young-onset bowel cancer awareness, Jessica discusses with Stephanie the importance of prioritising yourself and being a champion for your own health.

Jessica explains how her diagnosis hit her for a six, despite knowing that the daily presence of blood in her stool was ...

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Victoria has recently joined the Bowel Cancer Australia team as a Bowel Care Oncology Social Worker.

Her compassion shines through as she chats to Stephanie about the importance of looking after your wellbeing and all the aspects that impact your life while navigating your bowel cancer journey.

Offering practical tips from how to communicate with your family to financial and work-related questions, Victoria explains how access to ...

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Sally cats to Stephanie about the gaps in survivorship care and the launch of The Movement, Bowel Cancer Australia’s new online community created by patients for patients to help improve wellness beyond diagnosis.

The Movement is a moderated, safe and supportive environment for bowel cancer patients, featuring monthly presentations by healthcare professionals from across the care continuum, access to a resource library, as well as m...

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Bowel cancer survivor, former member parliament and moderator of Bowel Cancer Australia's young-onset bowel cancer webinar series, Margaret Fitzherbert chats to Stephanie about the importance of politely challenging medical professionals and seeking a second opinion.

Diagnosed in her early 40's, Margaret underwent treatment for stage 3 bowel cancer whilst serving in public office.

"Having experienced bowel cancer as a pa...

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Chantel from Googlebox Australia was just 14 when her mum was first diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer and 18 when she passed away. During her important teenage years, she was looking after her Mum, trying to get through school while her friends were off enjoying life. 

Watching her mum slowly succumb to the disease had long term mental health ramifications for Chantel. 

Chantel tells Stephanie why she is passionate about sharing h...

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Cal Wilson is one of Australia’s most popular comedians and a perennial favourite on television shows and discovered she was far more resilient than she thought when participating in the exotic challenges on I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here!

Chatting to Stephanie, Cal shares why she wanted to raise awareness for Bowel Cancer Australia as her nominated charity. “Both my Mum and my neighbour had bowel cancer and I felt helpless but ...

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COVID-19 has impacted all Australians but for bowel cancer patients navigating the healthcare system and accessing treatment, the pandemic has added complexities, some unforeseen, to an already stressful situation.

Stage 4 bowel cancer patient and advocate, Nicole chats to Stephanie about the importance of being an active participant in your treatment and care, never taking no for an answer and the profound loneliness she sometime...

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Pain specialist, Dr Tim Hucker explains that cancer-related pain can occur at any time and isn’t always due to the cancer itself as a number of the treatments used in cancer care can cause pain - such as pain following surgery or peripheral nerve pain after chemotherapy. 

Stephanie and Dr Hucker discuss the connection between pain, anxiety and depression, and recovery outcomes as well as how living with uncontrolled cancer-related p...

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Experiencing ongoing vomiting and stomach pain, Gemma was diagnosed during the Covid-19 pandemic with stage IV bowel cancer at the age of 35. Stephanie and Gemma talk about the emotional toll of being isolated from her family and friends throughout treatment.

Gemma discusses peritoneal metastases, including hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), which involves filling the abdominal cavity with chemotherapy that has been ...

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A/Prof Jeanne Tie is the lower gastrointestinal medical oncology and trials lead at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and senior research fellow in the Personalised Oncology Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Stephanie and A/Prof Tie discuss personalising treatment for bowel cancer patients using prognostic and predictive biomarkers, including circulating tumour DNA.

A/Prof Tie is passionate about t...

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Five months pregnant and managing the emergency services response to the COVID -19 pandemic, Kate Fitzgerald was shocked when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2020.

Kate discusses with Stephanie the difficult decisions she faced, not only for her health, but the health of her unborn baby, including possible termination and miscarriage as well as the five-hour surgery which involved her baby and womb being taken out of her bod...

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In Part 2 of this two part episode (listen to Part 1), Michelle discusses grief with Stephanie following the loss of her husband, Sean, to young-onset bowel cancer, aged 36 in April 2021.

Michelle talks openly and honestly about the impact of losing Sean, her anticipatory grief and how Sean gave her permission to be happy and continue living. 

This episode sensitively confronts an often-difficult discussion, offering practical and r...

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Over the past 16 years, Stoma Nurse Amanda Richardson has helped thousands of patients with pre and post-operative stoma support and advice, stoma care and management, and stoma reversal.

Honest and engaging, Amanda's warmth and care for her patients shines through in her chat with Stephanie on temporary/permanent ileostomy and colostomy, as well as in helping patients overcome a common fear of living with a 'bag'.

Amand...

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Donna Hope was juggling life as a State MP when she was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer in 2013.  On this episode she talks with Stephanie about how she navigated her cancer diagnosis in a busy high-profile position. 

Now a passionate advocate for raising awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer she discusses the importance of knowing your symptoms and family history, speaking with your GP and being a champion for you...

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Stephanie chats with colorectal surgeon, Graham Newstead AM, about bowel surgery and what makes for an optimal surgical outcome.

Dr Newstead discusses removal of the primary cancer and regional lymph nodes, the different types of surgical procedures - open, keyhole and robotic - as well as recovering from an operation.

Give a $#*! About your bowel - June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - Bowel Cancer Australia's signature event...

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Stephanie chats with Chris about treatment options and the mental and physical impact of a metastatic bowel cancer diagnosis.

Diagnosed with stage IV bowel cancer at the age of 41 Chris discusses his feelings of being diagnosed with the same disease his father passed away from, the importance of remaining positive, and how he navigated a bowel cancer diagnosis with lung metastases. 

Passionate about helping other young men, Chris ta...

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