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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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Lifelong Twins Fan Eric Powell’s First Pitch… for Prevention

by Eric Powell, advocate with Fight Colorectal Cancer When I arrived in D.C. for Call-on Congress in March, other advocates started telling me about a TWINS event taking place in July with Fight Colorectal Cancer. My ears perked up when I heard “Twins” and immediately I said “Sign me up!” I’m a HUGE fan. Growing up with the Twins Long before I had cancer I was a sports fan and I loved going to baseball games with my dad or with other family and friends. I remember going to my first Twins game when they played at Metropolitan Stadium which is now the Mall of America site. In the early 80′s,

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Fight Colorectal Cancer Releases “Guide in the Fight” Resource Book for Stage III & Stage IV Colorectal Cancer Patients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 17, 2014 – Today Fight Colorectal Cancer released its new patient education resource, Your Guide in the Fight. Your Guide in the Fight answers common questions and provides practical tips for those fighting stage III and stage IV colorectal cancer (advanced stage disease.) The resource walks patients through a cancer diagnosis step-by-step, covering topics ranging from second opinions, clinical trials, financial assistance, intimacy issues, ostomy support, hospice, survivorship and more. The book is written to assist patients and caregivers from the first day of diagnosis to the last day of treatment.   A 10-step, 65 Page workbook, the Guide provides information about medical terms,

First-Line Treatment Approved for Stage IV Colorectal Cancer

There is new first-line treatment (standard of care to start treatment) giving as many as 60% of the stage IV colorectal cancer patients more options for treatment. Previously, most stage IV patients undergoing chemotherapy would be recommended to go on FOLFOX and bevacizumab (Avastin). Patients would receive this first set of drugs (called first-line) and if the cancer continued to grow, then other treatment options would be explored. Recently, the FDA approved an additional drug to be used as a first-line option for some stage IV patients. But this is for a specific set of patients based on their tumor gene type, known as biomarker. The new targeted therapy panitumumab

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Honoring My Father Through Advocacy

by Michell Baker, partnership manager for Fight Colorectal Cancer At the time of my father’s diagnosis, I was living in beautiful sunny San Diego, CA without a care in the world. Life was good, so I thought……… In July of 2007, we found out our strong, sensitive, humble father had colon cancer. Just hearing the word cancer was a huge blow to the stomach, and then days later finding out that it was stage IV cancer was a complete body blow. In August, I flew home to Portland, OR for my daddy’s surgery. It removed a portion of his colon and some lesions on his liver.  The waiting room was

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