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Welcome to Direct Endoscopy Medical Centres for Digestive Health

We have been providing quality endoscopy services and specialist treatment in the area of digestive health for over twenty years. Today, Direct Endoscopy is one of the largest providers of endoscopy services in Victoria with three Day Hospitals in the Melbourne metropolitan area. Our team of specialist gastroenterologists is committed to providing the highest quality of endoscopy expertise.

We provide Specialist consultations in all areas of Digestive and Liver Diseases and post-endoscopy specialist follow up.

Bowel Cancer Prevention

Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Find out more about bowel cancer prevention.

Endoscopy Procedures

At Direct Endoscopy, we are committed to affordable, accessible and comprehensive digestive health services, such as gastroscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy for all patients - both insured and non-insured.

All patients referred to us have access to the best in gastroenterological care regardless of insurance status. 

Hydrogen Breath Testing

We provide diagnostic testing for food intolerances such as lactose intolerance and fructose malabsorption.

Liver Fibrosis Scan

Accurately diagnosing liver fibrosis (scarring) and inflammatory activity are the most important factors for determining the stage of the disease, assessing the patient's prognosis, and predicting treatment responses.
Liver Fibrosis Scan (ultrasound-based elastography) provides non-invasive and painless approach for assessing Fibrosis in liver disease.

Gastroenterology and Anaesthetic Specialists

You will enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere, with our highly qualified specialists and staff offering the very best in patient care. With no waiting list, most patients can undergo procedures within one week in our fully accredited, state-of-the-art day procedure centres.

Please contact us today and make an appointment at any of our 3 convenient locations.

No Waiting Times

We are happy to see anyone, at any time and at short notice, and have access to the public hospital system with admitting rights to major public hospitals.




Our Blog

Bowel Cancer Testing: Evie’s Story

How A Simple Bowel Screening Procedure Can Save Your Life Today

Bowel Cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in VictoriaThis highlights the importance of having regular medical checkups if you believe yourself to be at risk.


There are several bowel cancer tests available today which can allow you to catch the cancer in its early stages.


The problem is that oftentimes bowel cancer can be a difficult disease to diagnoseThis is because of the intricate nature of the bowel and colon.


In this article you’re going to learn about some of the most common bowel cancer screening procedures which could save your life. As well as the story of Evie Nicolaou who was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer at age 49.


If you do require a bowel cancer assessment, you may undergo different tests or procedures like a colonoscopy to locate, diagnose, or rule out bowel cancer. Your doctor will be required to fill out a simple referral form for you to have your test.


Evie Nicolaou’s Bowel Cancer Story


Evie was diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 49. She had seen her father pass away from the disease at the age of 62, and was aware of the potential symptoms.


Her story was published in light of statistics that have showed that if 90 percent of bowel cancers be treated successfully, if caught early.


Evie underwent surgery which left her with a colostomy bag. She now says that "I'm a stronger person, I don't worry about the little things, I'm just much stronger.”


The Different Types Of Bowel Cancer Tests 


You can be diagnosed with bowel cancer if you present specific symptoms to your doctor, or if a screening test shows signs that you may have bowel cancer.

There are several bowel cancer tests which may be performed to investigate and diagnose symptoms.


Some of the most common methods of bowel cancer screening include:

  • A physical examination
  • This is where your doctor will examine your body and feel your abdomen for any swelling.
  • Your doctor may also check your anus for any lumps or swelling.
  • A blood test (to check for anaemia and iron deficiency)
  • This is because low red blood cell levels (anaemia) and iron deficiency  are common in people with bowel cancer, but may also be caused by other conditions.
  • Colonoscopy to visually examine the colon – this is the best way of diagnosing bowel cancer
  • Taking a sample of tissue (biopsy) from the bowel wall for examination under microscope  


Using An FOBT Test To Screen For Bowel Cancer


Whilst never 100% accurate, screening for bowel cancer is a non-invasive way of allowing you a good chance of catching the cancer in its early stages when it’s more easily cured.


A screening test is called a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT). It involves collecting two stool samples which are then analysed to detect if there are any microscopic blood traces which would otherwise be too small for the naked eye to notice.

Current research shows that screening for bowel cancer using the FOBT test can reduce deaths from the disease by 12-25 percent.


The Importance Of Regular Bowel Cancer Testing


This goes to show the critical importance of having regular bowel screening, colonoscopies, and check ups with your GP - especially if you’re at risk of developing bowel cancer.

You’ll find us conveniently located across Melbourne, with a highly experienced and team of gastroenterologists equipped with the latest tools and techniques to help prevent bowel cancer. Check out our website for more information or call our friendly staff.

 

Referenced:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-05/bowel-cancer-still-a-big-killer-despite-being-preventable/8092992?pfmredir=sm


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