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The cancer pathway – one patient’s experience

Case Study

posted by WM Admin on 7 November 2014

Christchurch rental car manager Norm McDonald was fit and well when he first noticed blood when going to the toilet at the beginning of 2014.

He thought it was probably piles or something minor but decided to see his GP, who referred him for a sigmoidoscopy which could show what was going on in his lower bowel. The investigation at Princess Margaret hospital 2 weeks later confirmed a rectal tumour and was the beginning of Norm’s ‘cancer pathway’ – a journey that would continue for the rest of the year.

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