Can Women Wait for First Colonoscopy?

Evidence that adenomas (polyps) develop later in women than in men has experts asking whether women can wait until they are sixty to be screened for colorectal cancer. Some disagree.  They point out that while women’s risk is smaller in their fifties that possibility still exists.  Obesity, being African American, and having diabetes also increases risk…  Read More

Annual Report 2011

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FDA Okays New Low Volume Colonoscopy Prep

The FDA has approved Prepopik, a powder mixture of sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide, and citric acid, as a colonoscopy prep. The new prep is a low volume drink that consists of two 5 ounces of water and two packets of laxative chemicals that need to be mixed together. In two clinical trials it was as effective…  Read More

Where in the World is Kate Murphy?

Those of you who are regular readers of Research News may have noticed I haven’t been around for the past few weeks. I’ve been busy dealing with some serious health issues — getting scanned and scoped and pumped full of chemo. Strangely, my early stage colon cancer which was surgically removed five years ago has recurred.…  Read More

Avastin Second-Line Treatment Improves Survival Time

Continuing Avastin into second-line chemotherapy for advanced colorectal cancer when tumors begin to grow larger or new tumors appear (progression) improves both survival time and the time until further progression according to Phase III clinical trial results that will be reported this Sunday morning, June 3, at ASCO 2012 in Chicago Study results were previewed in…  Read More