Fake Avastin Discovered in US

The Food and Drug Adminstration and Genentech have reported that counterfeit Avastin is being distributed in the United States. The counterfeit medicine does not contain bevacizumab, Avastin’s active ingredient. The packaging is different from genuine Avastin marketed here by Genentech. It includes a Roche logo…

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Choosing to Make a Difference: Call on Congress 2012

We are glad to welcome advocate Pat Steer to the Fight Colorectal Cancer Research and Treatment News.  She’s been living with stage IV rectal cancer since 2004.  A writer, she’s blogs about her life with cancer, training her beloved dogs, and her passion for good…

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New Help with the Tough Struggle with Cancer Costs

Difficulty managing the cost of their cancer care stressed three out of four patients, according to a study recently completed by the Cancer Support Community.  In addition two out of three said their health care team didn’t discuss financial aspects of care with them. In…

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Eating Chocolate Stops Colon Cancer. Really?

With Valentine’s Day on its way, I was intrigued to see lots of information in the media about how eating chocolate could prevent colon cancer. The headlines were almost as enticing as unwrapping a large bar of Godiva with hazelnuts. Eating chocolate can stave off…

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Avastin with XELIRI or FOLFIRI: Is There Any Difference?

When Avastin is added to the combination of Xeloda and irinotecan as an initial treatment for advanced colorectal cancer, the treatment is equally effective as Avastin with FOLFIRI. But side effects are more difficult. After a randomized clinical trial comparing Avastin with XELIRI (Xeloda, irinotecan)…

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Resolve to Prevent Colorectal Cancer in 2012

Making those New Year’s Resolutions? You can do a lot to prevent colon and rectal cancer this year . . . and in the future. Number One Resolution — Be screened for colorectal cancer if you are 50 or over, earlier if you are at…

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Happy New Year

Another year, full of hope and promises. Won’t you help make our dream of a world free from colorectal cancer come true in 2012. Raise awareness that screening prevents colorectal cancer. Make sure you, your family, and your friends are screened for colorectal cancer as…

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Can We Fix Racial Gaps in Colorectal Cancer Death Rates?

Before 1980, colorectal cancer death rates were actually higher for whites than African Americans. But, as rates began falling in the 1980’s for both blacks and white patients, decreases for whites were substantially greater than those for blacks.  Between 1985 and 2008, mortality rates for…

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December 23, Forty Years Later: Are We Winning?

On December 23, 1971 President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971 — sometimes called the War on Cancer.  Earlier that year in his State of the Union Address, the President had said, The time has come in America when the same kind…

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