Author Archives: Danielle Burgess

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Depression and Cancer: More than a Side Effect?

Depression and Cancer: More than a Side Effect?

This post was written by Curtis Pesmen, survivor and author of My Cancer Year. With the heightened awareness of depression this week, we hope colorectal cancer patients facing depression read this to understand the psycho-social impact of cancer and seek help if needed. On a personal note, our condolences to Curtis and his wife who had a friendship with Robin Williams and his wife. Read Curt’s tribute to him posted in Esquire this week.    For all the advances and new diagnostics in cancer therapy, a stark fact remains: There is no standard CT scan for depression. (At least not yet.) And depression often follows cancer diagnoses. This is but one reason why it remains difficult

FDA approves first non-invasive DNA test for colorectal cancer

Big news in the colorectal cancer prevention and screening community yesterday! In a never-before-seen move, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly proposed Cologuard as a new option for colorectal cancer screening. What is Cologuard? Cologuard, produced by Exact Sciences, is a non-invasive (not requiring insertion of instruments into the body), stool-based (you test your poo) DNA test designed to analyze the presence of blood and certain DNA mutations in a patient’s stool sample that can indicate cancer and/or precancerous polyps. Cells of DNA are released into the stool continuously as part of the digestive process. There are already at-home screening options

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August Recess Challenge – 31 Meetings in 31 Days

Advocacy doesn’t just happen on the Hill in March. It’s something you can do from home year-round—especially during the August recess! Your members of Congress are home for the entire month of August and meeting with them is easier than you may think! Follow these steps to help us have 31 advocate meetings in 31 days and reach 100 co-sponsors of H.R. 1070 and 20 co-sponsors of S. 2348. What You Need To Get Started… Ready…  Find out who your representative and senators are here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members . Set… Contact your members of Congress to schedule a meeting. Members of Congress have local offices in their districts, so you won’t have to

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On Target for Hope – Recap from One Million Strong in Minnesota

by Danielle Burgess, Dir. of Communications Even a week after the One Million Strong event in Minnesota, I find myself getting goosebumps as the photos from my phone slowly upload to the Flickr account. Memories of children and their parents lighting up when country star and Fight CRC National Spokesman Craig Campbell walks into their hotel room to sing a few songs and offer autographs. Memories of watching our “super volunteers” Pam, Ed & Patti roll up their sleeves and make the burden of a jam-packed, two-day event seem light, and the chaos that accompanies any on-site activity seem calm. Memories of meeting new friends at Colon Cancer Coalition and seeing

PRESS RELEASE: July 16 Stakeholder Meeting with ACSCAN

Advocates Join Reps. Payne Jr., Dent, Lance Calling for Legislation to Remove Cost Barriers to Colon Cancer Screening for Seniors WASHINGTON, DC – More than 30 colon and rectal cancer advocates and survivors are on Capitol Hill today calling for members of Congress to support legislation to ensure that cost is not a barrier for Medicare beneficiaries trying to access lifesaving colon cancer screenings. They are joined by U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) – champions for increased access to colon cancer screenings.   The ‘Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act,’ (H.R. 1070 & S. 2348) sponsored by U.S. Rep.

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Another treatment option coming down the pike: TAS-102

Fight Colorectal Cancer stays actively involved in the research process from beginning to end. Part of our role in research is monitoring the progress of new drugs – drugs that may be used in treatment plans of colorectal cancer in the future. We actively work with drug companies to stay up-to-date on the latest treatments so that we can let patients and families know what’s happening in the science of colorectal cancer. For the last year, Fight Colorectal Cancer staff have tracked the progress of the drug TAS-102 – an oral chemo drug currently being evaluated in clinical trials for patients with metastatic refractory colorectal cancer. At the ESMO World

July 16 Stakeholder Meeting and Lobby Day in D.C.

HELP US REACH THE NATIONAL SCREENING GOAL OF 80% OF AMERICANS 50 & OLDER SCREENED BY 2018! On July 16, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network and Fight Colorectal Cancer are co-hosting a stakeholder meeting and lobby day to push forward with this goal. This is the first opportunity for key colorectal cancer organizations and supporters to join together and bring their staff, volunteers and members to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congress to advocate for federal policies that will help us achieve our goal of 80% by 2018. Joined by Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. and other lawmakers dedicated to the mission, a morning meeting will focus on discussing the

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Craig Campbell Becomes First National Spokesman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fight Colorectal Cancer Announces Country Music Singer Craig Campbell As National Spokesman Alexandria, Va. – June 30, 2014 – Fight Colorectal Cancer is excited to announce that Craig Campbell, country music artist and singer of the hit song ‘Keep them Kisses Comin,’ is the organization’s first national spokesman. As a repre­sentative for the organization, Campbell will share his personal connection to the cause, advocate for screening and direct individuals to Fight Colorectal Cancer for information and support. “We couldn’t ask for a better spokesman to represent our organization,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight Colorectal Cancer. “When we asked him to join the fight his response was,

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