Patient Webinar Archive articles

September 2014 Webinar – Coping with Cancer

Coping after cancer – what does this mean and how can coping help you? Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with colorectal cancer or are managing side effects after treatment, you have been impacted greatly and life has likely changed. Coping strategies can help you regain a sense of control, and learn that there is always hope for an improved quality of life. This webinar will touch on how to successfully integrate coping so you and your support team can face the road going forward. PRESENTED BY: Dr. Kristin Kilbourn, Ph.D., M.P.H Kristin is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. She is a

July 2014 Webinar – The Latest News About CRC Research & Treatment

Learn the latest findings from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference in May. The latest studies, treatments and developments and how they impact colorectal cancer patients were discussed. PRESENTED BY: Cathy Eng, M.D. Associate Professor, Department of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical OncologyDr. Cathy Eng is Associate Professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Eng received her medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, followed by an internship and residency at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She went on to complete a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Eng is board certified in

Webinar Wrap-Up – Family First – Genetic Syndromes by Heather Hampel

Patients, caregivers and family members use our webinars each month to learn more about the battle against colorectal cancer and find the news they need to stay informed. At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we believe that education empowers those affected by colorectal cancer to take control of their lives. Below is Q&A with Heather Hampel, our presenter of the webinar “Family First: What You Need To Know About Genetic Testing, Family History & Colorectal Cancer.“   Q&A with Heather Q: I would like to know when my children need to start getting colonoscopies. (They’re 32 and 25). Also would like to know if there is any connection, at all, between an astrocytoma brain tumor and

May 2014 Webinar: Family First – What You Need to Know About Family History & Colorectal Cancer

Have you and your family discussed your family’s medical history? Did you know that 10-15% of all cancers are familial, and 3% of all colorectal cancers are due to a syndrome called Lynch Syndrome? Having Lynch Syndrome puts you at an 80% increased risk of developing colorectal cancer. Tune into this webinar to learn more about Lynch Syndrome and other inherited syndromes as they relate to colorectal cancer. Presented by: Heather Hampel, MS, CGC Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Ms. Hampel has been a cancer genetic counselor since 1995 and is a faculty member in the Division of Human Genetics. Her clinical duties include providing comprehensive cancer genetic consultations to

April 2014 Webinar: Alphabet Soup – Making Sense out of KRAS, BRAF and Tumor Tests

Have you ever heard any of these acronyms, and wondered what they stand for and how they can affect your treatment plan?  This webinar is designed to help patients better understand biomarkers, and how these biomarkers can affect the treatment options patients receive. We’ll discuss the basic understandings of a cancer cell lives, and how it dies.  As researchers are learning more and more about how to treat colorectal cancer, it is bringing the meaning of truly personalized medicine to the forefront. Join us to learn more, and how this research may affect your overall treatment plan. Presented by: Cathy Eng, M.D. Associate Professor, Department of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology Dr.

March 2014 Webinar: TAKE THE WHEEL, Healthy Lifestyle Changes that may reduce recurrence

Jessica Iannotta MS, RD, CSO, CDN Chief Operating Officer, Meals to Heal is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition (CSO). She studied nutrition at Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at NewYork Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. She obtained her Master’s degree through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Jessica has worked in inpatient and outpatient oncology settings since 2001 and currently works part time at North Shore-LIJ Monter Cancer Center. Jessica is in charge of all operations including clinical and culinary operations ranging from menu development to evidence-based website content, relationships with registered dietitians and social workers and developing processes and protocols

February 2014 Webinar -RESEARCH & TREATMENT NEWS: Highlights from the 2014 GI Cancer Symposium

Each January, the brightest minds in colorectal cancer research meet at the Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium. Fight Colorectal Cancer and The Colon Cancer Alliance are partnering to bring you the big news in colorectal cancer from the symposium. Dr. Allyson Ocean will be presenting your options for treatment and know that you are not alone in your diagnosis. The material with the combined audio will be available at CCA’s website. To hear the presentation, listen to what Dr. Ocean said on our audio library.

January 2014 Webinar – After The Shock: A CRC Diagnosis

Have you or someone you love recently been diagnosed with stage III or stage IV colorectal cancer? Feeling overwhelmed? Learn where to go from here. We’ll talk about every leg of the journey from understanding your diagnosis to tips on building your treatment team. Join us and Dr. Edward Crane to better understand your options for treatment and know that you are not alone in your diagnosis. View/download the slides from the Jan. 22 webinar: Read the TweetUp recap on Storify. 

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October 2013 Webinar – Peripheral Neuropathy

Have you ever experienced peripheral neuropathy?  Did it feel like a numbness or tingling in your hands or feet?  Did it last several weeks, or several years?  Cindy S. Tofthagen, Ph.D., ARNP, AOCNP, University of South Florida College of Nursing Assistant Professor and Concentration Director of Oncology, discussed this important topic and ways to manage it. Although peripheral neuropathy is a known common side effect of some chemotherapy regimens, there are many different types of peripheral neuropathy, and many different causes.  Dr. Tofthagen explains exactly what it is that’s happening, why it happens, and what causes it to happen.  And then, most importantly, tips on the best ways to manage it. View/download the slides

September 2013 Webinar – Pathways and Targets

Dr. Gail Eckhardt, Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center, presented this months webinar directly from Boulder Colorado. Dr. Eckhardt discussed the basis of pathways within a cancer cell, and how (and why) they can affect treatment options for patients. Sh explained how we learn about how new pathways are discovered, and how this information tell us what drugs may work in certain patients and why some drugs don’t. Dr. Eckhardt discussed the idea of targeted therapies, and the difference between them and regular chemotherapy. She talked about the relationship between pathways and targeted drugs, and how this

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