Author Archives: Danielle Burgess

Clarification: Panel Approves Cologuard (not the FDA)

Fight Colorectal Cancer submitted public comments to the FDA last week regarding new colorectal cancer screening tests, including Cologuard by Exact Sciences and Epi proColon by epigenomics. (Read comments here.) Cologuard Update As a result of the advisory committee meeting, an FDA panel voted 10-0 to recommend that the FDA approve Cologuard. Cologuard is a stool-based screening test that looks for DNA in a patient’s stool that may detect genetic changes associated with cancer cells in the colon or rectum. A positive result from this test would lead patients to diagnostic colonoscopy. In this case, as we commented on new screening technologies we kept the following considerations in mind: 1)

Comments on New DNA & Stool-Based Screening Tests to FDA

This week Fight Colorectal Cancer is providing comments to the FDA as they consider two new screening technologies for colorectal cancer. Below are our opinions and recommendations presented to the Molecular and Clinical Genetics Panel as part of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee. Background: This week, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is hosting an advisory committee meeting with many stakeholders that have an interest in two new potential screening technologies, Epi proColon (by Epigenomics) and Cologuard (by Exact Sciences). Kim Ryan, our Director of Patient Information Services and advocate Marcia Mullins are attending to provide comments as the FDA considers these two new screening technologies.   About Epi proColon & Cologuard

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Remembering Tonya

I remember the first time I saw Tonya. I immediately knew I liked her. Reading over her application to be a Colondar model, I had no doubt she embodied a survivor everyone would look up to. Pictures didn’t do her justice. Yes, her beauty hopped off the page. But it was her strong spirit and insistence on being positive that could only come across in person. It was at her 2014 Colondar photo shoot that I didn’t only realize she made an incredible model – I realized she was also an ideal advocate. “We have got to DO SOMETHING about this!” she kept saying. “I tell people that you become

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Happy: Recap of Day 3 of 2014 Call-on Congress

It may sound strange that the #1 song on Billboard’s Top 100 this week, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, became the go-to song on our playlist this week at Call-on Congress. But there’s no other way to put it. Crazy, I know. Last night a room full of people who’ve faced the “c” word, some of us multiple times, danced in a conga line to the song – a repeat of what happened a few nights prior. A crowd made up of people who represent loved ones that passed away or caregivers of those physically unable to make the trip celebrated in unison. The reasons to be unhappy were many, yet

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