Bowel Cancer

What is bowel cancer?

Australians have some of the highest incidences of colorectal cancer in the world. Colorectal cancer is the second most common non-cutaneous malignancy in Australia (15, 540 cases in 2021) and second only to lung cancer in terms of cancer mortality. It is estimated that 15,540 cases of bowel cancer will be diagnosed in Australia in 2021 and there will be 5,295 estimated deaths. Bowel cancer develops from malignant cells that grow in the wall of the colon (large bowel).

Bowel Cancer Sydney Surgeon

The cancer may change your bowel habits. You may experience diarrhoea or constipation. You may also see blood in your bowel movements or notice that your stools are dark. It can eventually cause your bowel to become completely blocked.

How can bowel cancer be treated?

There are several different options for treating bowel cancer:

  • Surgery to remove the cancer along with part of your bowel either side of it
  • Chemotherapy to shrink the cancer and kill off cancer cells left after the operation
There are treatments to ease any blockage without treating the underlying cancer:
  • Forming a stoma (your bowel opening onto your skin)
  • Inserting a stent (metal mesh tube) across the cancer to hold your bowel open

Dr Golani has been trained in several australian and international colorectal surgery units and is a member of Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ). He specialises in Laparoscopic (keyhole) Bowel Cancer surgery. This is a minimally invasive approach which has an advantage over open surgery as it only requires three or four small incisions in the abdomen versus the large single incision of open surgery. Most patients will experience less pain, a quicker recovery and a shorter hospital stay with laparoscopic surgery.

Combination of Treatments

Surgically removing the cancer offers the best chance of being free of bowel cancer. Combining surgery with chemotherapy may further increase the chance of being free of cancer.

Dr Golani discusses every cancer case with a multi-disciplinary team of specialist doctors to offer the best prognosis to his patients.

Contact Us

To make an initial consultation booking, please contact our office on 02 8599 9819.

Main Clinic Address:

Madison Building
Suite 7, 25-29 Hunter St,
Hornsby NSW 2077

Phone: (02) 8599 9819

HealthLink: drgolani

Fax: (02) 9012 0976
(Click here to email us)

Our Horsnby clinic is located conviniently next to Hornsby Westfield & Hornsby Station

What do I bring to my appointment?

  • Referral letter
  • X-Rays/Scans
  • Test results relating to referral
  • Health fund card
  • Medicare card


Dr Golani performs a variety of General Surgical and Colorectal Surgical Procedures. They treat a variety of symptoms, diseases and conditions.

Rectal Surgery

Dr Golani's is highly skilled in performing Laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy for rectal prolapse.

Anal Fistulas & Fissures

Dr Golani can help with the treatment of the issue of painful anal fistulas & fissures.


Dr Golani has extensive experience with both elective and emergency presentations of Haemorrhoids.

Gastroscopy & Endoscopy

He is accredited by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA).

Royal College of Surgeons     Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand     Royal College of Edinbirgh     Gastroenterological Society of Australia     Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN)     The Mater Hospital     Norwest Private Hospital