Susan Payne

Meet CRC Researcher Susan Payne

Hey ya’ll! My name is Susan Payne and I work in Dr. Dusty Deming’s colon and pancreatic cancer research lab at the University of Wisconsin. This research is of special personal interest to me as my granny died of colon cancer two years before I was…

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Ostomy and Travel

Fall has only just begun, but many of us are already making our travel plans for the holidays. If you live with an ostomy, or travel with an ostomate, travel by plane can seem daunting, and we’re not just talking about the long lines and…

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Research News – Personalized Cellular Immunotherapies 

We are excited to learn that Kite Pharma announced yesterday they will initiate personalized cellular immunotherapies before the end of 2016. These therapies will target certain sub-segments of the KRAS-mutant cancer patient population (KRAS-mutations are a biomarker of colorectal cancer). This new technology will use living immune cells as the…

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Next Generation Sequencing

When President Obama launched the Precision Medicine Initiative in 2015, the goal was to make treatment options better by focusing on a new approach – one that takes into account a person’s individuality by noting details such as variations in genes, lifestyle and environment. Moving…

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Climbing Mountains For Colorectal Cancer

It’s easy to feel a sting of defeat from colorectal cancer. Your body takes a bruising that on your worst days, you question if you’ll ever recover. But the human body, just like the human spirit, is resilient. Our group of hikers who took on Longs…

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Distress Screening for Cancer Patients

Anguish, agony, extreme anxiety and hardship – these are synonyms for distress. Believe it or not, almost everyone experiences distress. It comes through various levels, and during various parts of life. This is especially true for colorectal cancer patients. While most cancer patients and survivors…

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Spirituality and Cancer

“They say everything happens for a reason…” “Why is this happening to me? I’m a good person!” “I can’t lose faith. Everybody knows positive attitude is everything!” “This just isn’t fair!” Religious and spiritual values have been reported by many patients as important cancer coping…

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The Eternal Ostomist

I’m Suzanne. I’m from Braintree in Essex, U.K. At 36 I was diagnosed with advanced-stage bowel cancer after being misdiagnosed for many years with “IBS.” Sadly, due to the location and size of the tumour, I ended up with an AP resection (permanent colostomy), followed…

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The “New Normal”

The “new normal” is a phrase often used by cancer survivors. Due to significant life changes, many survivors struggle to adjust back to their pre-cancer self. The differences may be slight to the outsider but could be enough to affect the survivor’s sense of self….

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Colorectal Cancer Research Advocate Academy in Indianapolis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Survivors, caregivers and family members who are part of Fight Colorectal Cancer’s (Fight CRC) Research Advocacy Training and Support (RATS) program will attend a research academy July 21-22 as part of their training program. Advocates will hear from advocacy and professional relations…

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