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Meet the One Million Strong – Edith B. from Connecticut

Meet the One Million Strong – Edith B. from Connecticut

MEET EDITH Edith Bruce, Survivor From Meriden, CT EDITH’S STORY I am a 38-year-old hispanic female with a family history of colon cancer.  In May 2013, I was diagnosed with colon cancer.  In the weeks that followed I went through extensive tests and finally had surgery to remove it.  It was stage I cancer. I am very fortunate to be alive and cancer free.  My surgeon told me that I wouldn’t have made it past 40 years old.  My husband was amazing through this all. My boys ages 4 & 10 are my everything–can’t imagine them without their  mommy. EDITH’S ADVICE Take one day at a time.  Think positive every

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What the Government Shutdown Means for Colorectal Cancer

After 15 days, most of us have seen at least one way the government shutdown is impacting our country. Some have friends and family members on furlough who’ve finally had time to paint their bathrooms. Others’ vacation plans are ruined since national monuments and parks are closed. But the ripples of the shutdown go beyond closings, halted jobs and a growing annoyance with our country’s leaders. The shutdown is impacting cancer patients and researchers across the globe and hope for a cure. The Government and Cancer Research Last week the Washington Post ran a front-page story about a beautiful young mom whose treatment for sarcoma is halted because of the

Fight Colorectal Cancer Awards Late Stage Disease Research Grant

Fight Colorectal Cancer and its generous Lisa Fund donors struck a blow against late stage colorectal cancer Tuesday, April 9th at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in Washington D.C. Top cancer researchers from around the nation applauded as we, along with the AACR, awarded a $50,000 research grant to Pia Morelli, M.D., Ph.D., a post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. With this grant, Dr. Morelli will use highly specific DNA tests on blood samples to identify those patients most likely to respond to drugs that target the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR), and also to detect

Scientists and Advocates Rally for Medical Research

The annual scientific meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research took a little lunch break on Monday, April 8th in Washington, D.C., while the attendees streamed outside to join a crowd of several thousand gathered across the street for a loud street rally. “When [Congress] sees a grassroots movement rising up from doctors, from scientists, from advocates, and patients, you become impossible to ignore,” cancer survivor Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) told the cheering crowd. (Watch video of the speakers here.) Fight Colorectal Cancer was one of 200-plus organizations who gathered and supported the  Rally for Medical Research, aimed at the politicians who have made, and are making,  decisions about budget cuts. The

Focus Group Pays Off!

After reaching out to the region of Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia we pulled together an awesome group of attendance, consisting of patients, survivors, “thrivers”, nurses, nurse navigators, caregivers, family members of patients, and friends of patients who have passed. It was a really good sampling of several different types of people. The discussion will greatly help us better focus our efforts in awareness, education and on the research fronts. We sent a lengthy online survey out prior to the event, which resulted in a discussion that lasted over 2 hours. Co-moderator Kim Ryan, Director of Patient Information Services commented: I think the nicest part of the evening was

Oldest of Old Americans Will Drastically Impact U.S. Cancer Care

The numbers are stark and will touch every single American. A picture of cancer in the greying American population was drawn in a recent study in the Journal of Geriatric Oncology examining trends in the National Cancer Institute’s population-based SEER data: The number of “oldest of the old” Americans (age 85 or older) will double between 2000 and 2030; and will have tripled by 2040 (from 4.3 million to 15.4 million). Cancer in the oldest old is the 2nd leading cause of death: More than 1 in 5 over age 85 will develop cancer. The total cost of cancer care will rise 39% in just 10 years, between 2010 and 2020—much of that

The Worldview of DNA Busted Wide Open

Time to start printing new biology textbooks: The scientific—and medical—picture of the human cell changed today from a outer-space snapshot to detailed Google map. In a blizzard of more than 30 scientific papers published today in multiple basic scientific journals, an international research collaboration has flung open the door of the “wiring closet” of human cells–exposing at least four million gene switches that can both flick our genes on and off, and, like an electric outlet dimmer, work together in minute adjustments to turn genes up or down. Scientists had originally assumed that only 3% of DNA was active in directing cell functions through the genes, with the other 97%

What Can We Learn from EMILIA?

Written by: Christopher P. Adams, Ph.D.* Chris Adams, one of Fight Colorectal Cancer’s research advocates, shares his thoughts about the results of a large breast cancer trial presented at the 2012 ASCO in Chicago, and aspects of the regulatory process. Thank YOU Chris! On Sunday June 3 2012, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago, Dr Kimberly Blackwell from the Duke Cancer Institute, got on stage in front of over 10,000 doctors, researchers and worldwide media representatives to present initial results from the EMILIA trial.** The trial looked at the safety and effectiveness of a novel drug for a particular type of breast cancer. Despite its

President Obama’s State of the Union Address

This evening, the President gave his annual address to Congress and called for a freeze in domestic spending while at the same time calling for innovation and acknowledging the importance of biomedical research. “As someone who is committed to winning the fight against cancer, I was pleased to hear the President talk about the importance of innovation. However, it is counterproductive to proclaim that ‘this is our generation’s Sputnik moment’ while calling for a spending freeze for domestic programs. Now is not the time for across the board cuts to domestic spending. If we are going to find a cure for cancer in our lifetimes, we need a sustained investment

Stars, Networks Stand Up To Cancer Tonight

Tonight, September 10 at 8PM Eastern/7PM Central, ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX will join in a simultaneous broadcast to Stand Up to Cancer. HBO, Discovery Health, E!, MLB Network and The Style Network will also carry the show this year. Stars from television, movies, music and sports will join cancer survivors in an effort to raise money for cancer research.

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