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PPG member stories


Two members of our Patient-Public Group tell their stories on the Bowel Cancer UK website. Pete Wheatstone talks about the shock of being diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer in 2014 and Barbara Hibbert shares her experiences of living with a terminal diagnosis. Our BCI UK Patient and Public Group is made up of patient...

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Would you like to be involved in bowel cancer research? Our research aims to underpin the prevention of bowel cancer and improve the care of those with the disease. This involves linking information from many sources including cancer registration and hospital care in order to better understand the full patient pathway. Funded by Cancer Research...

Talk at European Surgical Association meeting in Madrid


This coming Saturday one of our research fellows will be presenting at the twenty-sixth annual meeting of the European Surgical Association in Madrid. In session VI Dr. Hayley Fenton will be giving a talk entitled “Variation in the use of resection for colorectal cancer liver metastases”. The meeting brings together leading surgeons and scientists to...

Appointment of health economist to analyse bowel cancer data


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Lemmon to the role of health economist within CORECT-R. Elizabeth will work on both Scottish and English datasets, and will also coordinate the health economics work stream in conjunction with Dr Peter Hall. Elizabeth recently completed her PhD studies in Economics at the University of Stirling,...

Access to Scottish bowel cancer data granted!


The Edinburgh CORECT-R team have successfully applied to the Scottish Public Benefit and Privacy Panel for Health for bowel cancer data relating to Scottish patients. The focus of this initial application is our health economics workstream. Given rising healthcare costs, and the financial pressures on the NHS, information on the cost of cancer is keenly...

Acknowledging patients


We have a Data Sharing Contract (ODR1516_369) with Public Health England (PHE) and use de-personalised data for bowel cancer research. In recent months our Patient-Public Group has worked with PHE on the wording that goes into publications and reports to acknowledge the source of the data. This has produced a simple yet comprehensive acknowledgement: "This...

Unfinished business


The Health Foundation, in collaboration with Professor Sir Mike Richards, has published an assessment of efforts to improve cancer services in England over almost two decades. It is titled "Unfinished business. An assessment of the national approach to improving cancer services in England 1995–2015". It contains quotes from BCI UK’s leader, Professor Eva Morris, and...

Prof. Eva Morris is at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference


Professor Eva Morris is speaking at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference which is being held in Glasgow this week. Professor Morris, along with experts from Health Data Research UK, The University of Edinburgh and The University of Bristol, will be providing an overview of the use of data science in cancer risk assessment, prevention, screening, early diagnosis...

Niall O'Higgins Award winner!


One of BCI UK's research fellows, Dr Becky Birch, has won the prestigious Niall O'Higgins Award! The Niall O’Higgins Abstracts Symposium consisted of the eight best abstracts submitted to the 38th Congress of the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO). Therefore, simply being in the symposium was a mark of success. Judged on its hypothesis, methods, and...



BCI UK Research Fellows will be presenting at the 38th Congress of the European Society of Surgical Oncology this week in Budapest. The overarching theme of the Congress is ‘better outcome with innovative surgery’ and the three day scientific programme will attract leading scientific and surgical experts. In the 'Niall O'Higgins Best Abstracts Symposium' Dr Becky...