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

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

Fight Colorectal Cancer Grows Health Promotion Program to Reach and Empower Patients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALEXANDRIA, Va. (May 30, 2014) – Fight Colorectal Cancer is taking steps to ensure that patients and their families can get the resources they need to fight colorectal cancer. A new Health Promotion program will refine the organization’s patient education services while adding new components to better reach and equip patients. “We know that patients are looking for a place to go, or a starting point, once they are diagnosed and we’re focusing our programs to ensure that we provide relevant, reliable and practical resources,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight Colorectal Cancer. New Health Promotion Program Over the last five years the patient education program at

Greys Anatomy Farting Episode – It’s True!

Recently, the colorectal cancer community received a ‘nod’ from the widely popular ABC show Grey’s Anatomy. In the episode a young woman who’d survived cancer struggled to control her flatulence and bowel movements – many recaps over the past few weeks have even referred to her as “The Farter.” It’s raised many questions within the community – namely, is this true? Do you pass gas a lot more once you’ve had colorectal surgery? To firm this up, we asked Dr. James Waller, a colorectal surgeon from Evansville, Indiana to talk to us about farting. Dr. Waller provides young adult survivors at The Colon Club with answers to some of these obscure questions on a

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