Apart from early detection, research is the most important way to save lives. Bowel Cancer New Zealand continuously supports a variety of research projects thanks to funding from partners. To date over $100,000 has been donated towards critical research collation, creating further learnings and discoveries on bowel cancer in New Zealand.Key research projects Bowel Cancer New Zealand has been pleased to advise on include The Piper Project, The Bowel Cancer Atlas and The Causes of Bowel Cancer in New Zealand study.

A diagnosis of bowel cancer: New Zealanders’ experiences and pathways.

 • Are you someone who has been diagnosed with bowel cancer in New Zealand? 

• Or are you a family/whānau support person for someone who has been diagnosed with bowel cancer? 

If so, we warmly invite you to take part in an anonymous online survey, run with the Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago, to help us understand peoples’ experiences of diagnosis.

As you will know, bowel cancer has a huge impact on many New Zealanders and their families. But until now, some key information has been missing that could make a difference for patients in the future – that is, information about the experiences of patients and their whānau/families, and their different pathways to a bowel cancer diagnosis. 

The survey closes on Monday 12th of February. We’re finding some fascinating results – but the more people we hear from, the more of a difference we can make.

Please follow the link to participate in the online survey or to find out more about the project. If you know any other New Zealanders who might be interested, you’re welcome to copy and send this link to them. 

To take part in this survey, click here.

The Piper Project – Detailing the differences

This project reports on actual patient presentation, diagnosis, treatment and management data for a national cohort of CRC patients, including description of variations resulting from differences in ethnicity, location of residence and socioeconomic status.

A research team and advisory group were bought together with expertise in population health, general practice, rural health, medical and radiation oncology, general and specialist surgery, Māori and Pacific health, health management, as well as academic biostatisticians, health research staff and patient representatives.

To view a full copy of the report click here

Bowel Cancer Atlas – Culturing questions

The Bowel Cancer Atlas domain presents access, quality and outcome indicators across district health boards and Regional Cancer Network regions for people diagnosed with bowel cancer. The goal of the Atlas is to explore whether there are wide variations between DHBs in the incidence, treatment and, where possible, outcomes in particular disease areas. The Atlas is designed to prompt debate and raise questions about why differences exist and to spark improvement through this debate.

To view a full copy of the report click here