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Mr Rai has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of bowel cancer and in particular laparoscopic or key-hole surgery for bowel cancer. Mr Rai set up the laparoscopic colorectal surgery for bowel cancer at the Stepping Hill Hospital and developed the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program to help patients recover quicker and better after major bowel surgery.

Mr Rai offers detailed consultation and treatment for bowel cancer at the BMI Alexandra Hospital, Cheadle. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of this website which aims to answer some of your questions about bowel cancer.

Diagnosis is usually established by a colonoscopy (or camera test) and biopsy. After a detailed consultation and counselling with Mr Rai and occasionally the stoma nurses as well, a treatment plan will be made with you. This would also involve Mr Rai’s team of colleagues the Radiologists and Oncologists who will be part of this planned management. Diagnosis and treatment for bowel cancer under Mr Rai is in accordance with NICE and the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) guidelines.

Surgery if planned will be laparoscopic or key hole to help you recover quickly and safely from your major surgery. If you happen to be given a stoma, the specialist nurses will help you become competent in managing it yourselves. Any further treatment like chemotherapy if required will be with the oncologists and you will be followed up as part of cancer follow up with Mr Rai and the oncologists at regular intervals. Follow up involves regular scans, blood tests and camera tests as per national guidelines.