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Bowel surgery booklet coverPatient/Family engagement is critical to surgical recovery and is the core pillar of Enhanced Recovery Canada™. The following resources have been developed based on the ERC Colorectal Pathways and are provided to support patients and their family members:

A Guide to Bowel Surgery

This resource has been developed by the McGill Patient Education office and for a nominal fee, may be customized to reflect relevant site specific details by contacting Nancy Posel -

Colorectal Surgery Guide – An animated narration

Colorectal Surgery Guide – A digital patient education platform developed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers, nurses, doctors, and linguistic experts working together on designing evidence-based animated video-guides. The guides are available for free via and provided in 15 common languages spoken in Canada.

Patient Story

Are you a colorectal cancer patient or involved in the care of a person with colorectal cancer?

The University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Cancer Foundation, Ottawa Hospital, Colorectal Cancer Canada, and the Hopital de Sacre Couer are conducting a National online survey with colorectal cancer patients and others involved in their care and support (family members, health care providers, community agencies).