Bowel cancer symptoms and assessment

Understandably, finding possible symptoms of bowel cancer can be extremely worrying. But having symptoms does not mean you definitely have bowel cancer. The best thing to do is see a specialist who can assess your symptoms quickly, and provide fast access to all the necessary scans and tests for peace of mind or expedited treatment should you unfortunately be diagnosed.

Symptoms of bowel cancer may include:  

  • A change in your bowel habits; going to the toilet more often than usual and a change in the consistency of your stools. You might sometimes have abdominal pain too
  • The feeling that you need to go to the toilet even when you don’t need to
  • Blood in your stool which might make your stool look darker
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Anaemia caused by blood in your stool

Neil Kukreja has extensive experience in assessing and diagnosing bowel symptoms. You can book an appointment to see Neil without a referral.

Appointments are often available within 24-48 hours.

Symptoms of bowel cancer may include:  

  • A change in your bowel habits; going to the toilet more often than usual and a change in the consistency of your stools. You might sometimes have abdominal pain too
  • The feeling that you need to go to the toilet even when you don’t need to
  • Blood in your stool which might make your stool look darker
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Anaemia caused by blood in your stool

Neil Kukreja has extensive experience in assessing and diagnosing bowel symptoms. You can book an appointment to see Neil without a referral.

Appointments are often available within 24-48 hours.   

Frequently asked questions

about bowel cancer assessment

How do I book an appointment?

If you’re enquiring about seeing Neil privately for bowel symptoms, you can enquire directly with his medical secretary, who will arrange an appointment as soon as is convenient for you. Neil runs clinics across London and central and west Kent.

You don’t need to bring anything with you, but please be ready to explain your symptoms in detail. It might be helpful to start writing things down, such has how your bowel habits have changed and when you first noticed. You’re welcome to bring someone with you if you wish.

What happens at my initial consultation?

When you arrive at the hospital, one of the friendly reception team will greet you and confirm your details. Neil will then meet you in the waiting area and take you into the consulting room for your appointment.

We know how anxious you might be, but rest assured Neil will do everything he can to make you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. If you need an examination, you’re always welcome to have a chaperone present, usually one of the nursing staff at the hospital.

What scans and tests might I need?

Neil will recommend different scans and tests depending on your symptoms. You might need a form of endoscopy (flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy), which uses a small camera attached to a flexible thin tube that’s inserted into your bottom and allows Neil to examine your bowel.

When will I be able to have a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy?

You can usually be booked in for an endoscopy procedure within a week or two from the date of your initial consultation. There needs to be at least a few days in between because you need to prepare your bowel for the procedure. Neil will give you more information about this at your appointment.

When will I get my results?

After your procedure is over, Neil will visit you on the ward to discuss any immediate findings from the test. If you’ve had a biopsy, it might take up to two weeks to get the results. You’ll be invited back for a follow up appointment when your results are ready.