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May 2013 Webinars: Advancements in Rectal Cancer Treatments

Advancements in Rectal Cancer Treatments presented by Dr. Deborah Schrag, Medical Oncologist from Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Deborah Schrag covers therapy options, surgery options, and radiation options, that are specific to rectal cancer patients. She also touches on the importance of clinical trials for this population, and highlights a few trials in research that she finds most interesting. View/download the slides from the May 15 Advancements in Rectal Cancer Treatments webinar

April 2013 Webinar: Living Life with an Ostomy

An ostomy is probably one of the biggest fears that patients have when they are first discussing surgery for colorectal cancer. But there is no reason why “ostomates” as they are called cannot live full and active lives. Our presentation material was from Molly Pierce RN, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital Columbus Ohio NOTE: Due to technical difficulties there was no video of this webinar View/download the slides from the May 13 Living Life with an Ostomy webinar:

February 2013 Webinar: The Latest in Colorectal Cancer Research

Each January, the best and brightest minds in colorectal cancer research meet at the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. Fight Colorectal Cancer and the Colon Cancer Alliance are partnering to bring you the big news in colorectal cancer from the 2013 symposium. Join us and CCA to learn more about these topics: – Can aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) keep cancer from returning? – The relationship of body mass index (BMI) and exercise in colorectal cancer – What scientists are learning about how your immune system can fight cancer – The latest on what biomarkers can tell us about your cancer – Rectal cancer treatment that is based on your

January 2013 Webinar: Addressing the Financial Burden of Cancer

Join Fight Colorectal Cancer for a webinar that will detail what resources exist to help patients navigate the very expensive waters of cancer treatment. You will hear from a person who is on the front lines of the battle: Elaine Martinez, a case manager with the Colorectal CareLine at the Patient Advocate Foundation. Elaine serves as an active liaison between patients and their insurers, employers and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention, and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Her responsibilities include: exploring reimbursement levels for prescribed colorectal cancer treatments, researching available clinical trials for this patient population and facilitating enrollment into appropriate patient resource programs

Survivor Focus Group: We’re Listening

During the coming weeks Fight Colorectal Cancer is sponsoring two very unique small group discussions that will include colorectal cancer survivors. The intent is to bring together survivors for an in-depth discussion to find out your opinions and to learn from your experinces from diagnosis to the present. Colorectal Cancer Survivor Discussion- Charleston, SC Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM (EST) Colorectal Cancer Survivor Discussion- Alexandria, VA Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST) These are informal and confidential discussions to help us learn how we can improve our educational programs for patients, caregivers and families. We would like the opportunity to

Nov 2012 Webinar: Talking Turkey about Lynch Syndrome

Brian Mansfield, a music critic for USA Today, didn’t know he had Lynch syndrome until he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer earlier this year at the age of 48. After his diagnosis, he began talking with his family about their health history, “then the family tree lit up like a Christmas tree.” Brian is chronicling his journey through a weekly USA Today online column, “My Semicolon Life.” – Were you diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer before the age of 50? – Was anyone in your family diagnosed with colon cancer before the age of 50? – Was anyone in your family diagnosed with uterine (endometrial) cancer before the age

Oct 2012 Webinar: Will Rectal Cancer Treatment Affect My Sexuality?

Dr. Joel Tepper of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has information in this months webinar that can help you return to, or find your new, “normal” and start enjoying intimacy once again. It’s not something people are eager to bring up, but sexual dysfunction after treatment for rectal cancer is a common side effect. Sometimes the emotional factors of cancer may have sexual side effects in addition to the physical changes you may undergo during treatment. Whether you’re a woman facing vaginal reconstruction, dryness, or pain during intercourse, or a man dealing with erectile dysfunction. The Hector McLean Distinguished Professor Of Cancer Research – Dr. Joel Tepper

Sept 2012 Webinar: Hospice and Palliative Care

Dr. Jim Meadows, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at Tennessee Oncology, will discuss this months webinar topic. He will address questions like: How does a family and a health care team best work together to guide a patient through a terminal illness? How does everyone continue to support quality, patient-centered, end-of-life care? Hospice care and Palliative care: Is there a difference between the two, and if so, what? Many people still think that palliative care means hospice care. But today, hospice is only a small part of palliative care. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat the symptoms and side effects of a disease; and it

July 2012 Webinar: Treating Late Stage Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Leonard Saltz of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center explains what treatment options exist for patients with late stage disease. Unfortunately, far too many patients will still hear their doctors say, “We are running out of options.” Fight Colorectal Cancer Director of Patient Information Services Kim Ryan hosted this informative webinar while riding out a typical summer east coast storm – some of the audio cut out towards the end. We apologize in advance for the gaps. View and download the slides

June 2012 Webinar: What’s New in Colorectal Cancer Research?

Each summer, the American Society for Clinical Oncology holds the world’s largest conference for cancer researchers, doctors and other medical professionals. Results from clinical trials and other studies are released, which give scientists a fresh look at treatments that may or may not hold great promise in the march toward a cure for cancer. Dr. Axel Grothey of the Mayo Clinic explained what science is now telling us about colorectal cancer and how it may impact treatment in the near future. Join Fight Colorectal Cancer Director of Patient Information Services Kim Ryan and Dr. Axel Grothey for this informative, research-focused webinar. View and download the slides This webinar was brought

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