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Finding State Statistics on Colon and Rectal Cancer

Finding State Statistics on Colon and Rectal Cancer

by Andi Dwyer, Director of Health Promotion DATA: IT’S EASIER TO FIND THAN YOU THINK One of our advocates recently called asking for information about the number of cancers diagnosed in her region of Central Illinois. She requested this information so she could write and accurately illustrate to her legislators the burden of colorectal cancer in her local area. Being a data geek, I was thrilled to get this question. But after responding to her, I realized that many people don’t realize how easy it is to access this information and then use it to advocate. Data can seem intimidating and scary. But in truth, accessing trustworthy information, reviewing the data and finding

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Depression and Cancer: More than a Side Effect?

This post was written by Curtis Pesmen, survivor and author of My Cancer Year. With the heightened awareness of depression this week, we hope colorectal cancer patients facing depression read this to understand the psycho-social impact of cancer and seek help if needed. On a personal note, our condolences to Curtis and his wife who had a friendship with Robin Williams and his wife. Read Curt’s tribute to him posted in Esquire this week.    For all the advances and new diagnostics in cancer therapy, a stark fact remains: There is no standard CT scan for depression. (At least not yet.) And depression often follows cancer diagnoses. This is but one reason why it remains difficult

FDA approves first non-invasive DNA test for colorectal cancer

Big news in the colorectal cancer prevention and screening community yesterday! In a never-before-seen move, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly proposed Cologuard as a new option for colorectal cancer screening. What is Cologuard? Cologuard, produced by Exact Sciences, is a non-invasive (not requiring insertion of instruments into the body), stool-based (you test your poo) DNA test designed to analyze the presence of blood and certain DNA mutations in a patient’s stool sample that can indicate cancer and/or precancerous polyps. Cells of DNA are released into the stool continuously as part of the digestive process. There are already at-home screening options

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ADVOCATE SPOTLIGHT: Debra’s Thoughts on ASCO

by Debra Merritt, advocate MY JOURNEY WITH CANCER On November 14, 2008 my journey with cancer began with my husband Cliff’s stage IV colon cancer diagnosis. We had lived an amazing life, married as students in college at the age of 20, and were just four days away from our 30th anniversary and six days away from his 51st birthday. We had two beautiful daughters in college. Cliff began to experience severe abdominal cramps which led to a colonoscopy and to the diagnosis a few days later. As soon as Cliff was diagnosed, he made it his mission to encourage everyone we knew to get a colonoscopy. He made sure that they were informed about the importance

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Advocate Spotlight: Suzan’s Thoughts On ASCO

by Fight CRC advocate Suzan Mayberry ASCO – WHAT AN EXPERIENCE What a privilege to attend the 2014 ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) conference at McCormick Place in the windy city of Chicago. This conference was every bit of exciting as my first day of university. People from all over the world were there, and McCormick Place was so huge. Some of the sessions held more people than any class at university. The crowd was filled primarily with doctors and oncologists, but some were not, like me. I am an advocate for Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC). As an advocate, Fight CRC encourages me to continuously expose myself to the

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Fight CRC Patient Resource Group – Launch

FINDING RESOURCES Colorectal cancer resources shouldn’t be hard to find. Fight Colorectal Cancer knows that many patients, caregivers and survivors find themselves asking the same questions:  Where can I find reliable and trusted information about my diagnosis and treatment plan?  How do I stay up-to-date on the latest colorectal cancer news?  Is there one place where I can find colorectal cancer resources? The answer to these frequently asked questions is Fight Colorectal Cancer’s new Patient Resource Facebook group. Fight CRC will guide patients and their families through screening, diagnosis, treatments, side effects and more with reliable and vetted educational information. We will empower you with the latest medical news and the

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Another treatment option coming down the pike: TAS-102

Fight Colorectal Cancer stays actively involved in the research process from beginning to end. Part of our role in research is monitoring the progress of new drugs – drugs that may be used in treatment plans of colorectal cancer in the future. We actively work with drug companies to stay up-to-date on the latest treatments so that we can let patients and families know what’s happening in the science of colorectal cancer. For the last year, Fight Colorectal Cancer staff have tracked the progress of the drug TAS-102 – an oral chemo drug currently being evaluated in clinical trials for patients with metastatic refractory colorectal cancer. At the ESMO World

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Cancer Prevention: Skinnier, Wealthier & Healthier

by Andi Dwyer, Director of Health Promotion  A few weeks ago at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, prevention was a hot topic! The news of prevention and exploring opportunities for early detection was extremely interesting. Before the next ASCO meeting, I have high hopes that we all can identify ways to bring early detection and prevention, for not just us, but others as well.  My contribution – I need to lose some weight! Skinnier & Wealthier Speakers and presenters at the ASCO meeting noted that the impact of obesity on cancer is an initiative and priority. It is estimated that one-third of all adults and 17 percent of children are

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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,

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