Tag Archives: colon cancer

Stage II and Stage III Post-Treatment Survivors Needed! No Medicine! Not a Clinical Trial!

Did you have stage II or stage III colon cancer after June 2003?  Is your treatment complete? Do you want to help test research documents? Do you want to earn an easy $40 for your time? Fight Colorectal Cancer is helping the National Cancer Institute (NCI) find patients to test their new Informed Consent Document (ICD).  ICDs are supposed to explain a research study to patients; however, in the last 20 years, ICDs have turned into long, legal documents that make it difficult for patients to understand. A couple years ago, NCI revised the ICD form with the help of researchers and patients. Now, it’s time to test it out!

What’s New & What’s On the Horizon in Colon Cancer?

Are you a patient, caregiver, survivor or advocate interested in all things colorectal cancer? Want to be “in the know?” Then make sure to join our FREE June webinar, What’s New & What’s on the Horizon. In partnership with Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), we will present some of the latest information regarding colorectal cancer. Representatives from both CCA and Fight Colorectal Cancer attended the 2013 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium co-sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology®. Our teams will report on the latest news in cancer research and care. Our webinar will touch on: the key 2013 colorectal cancer findings updates on FDA-approved drugs for colorectal cancer information about what’s next for colorectal cancer

Clinical Conundrum: When, how to treat colorectal cancer in the elderly

Even as scientists plumb deep into cells and molecules to understand cancer, there are many immediate and “real-life” questions that researchers and clinicians are discussing at the 2013 annual ASCO meeting (American Society of Clinical Oncology). One of the biggest puzzles for colorectal cancer is how to best treat the elderly, especially those with stages II or III (non-metastatic) cancer. It’s a huge question: today, 40 percent of colorectal cancer patients are elderly, and by the year 2030, more than 70 percent of non-inherited colorectal cancer will be among those 65 or older. Currently, 70 years old is the median age at diagnosis, with fully 40 percent of diagnoses made

Meet the Newbies to the GAC

At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we head straight to “the top” when it comes to demanding a cure for this dreaded disease. Our advocates hit Capitol Hill each March to meet with members of Congress. And throughout the year, a special committee ensures that actions for CRC advocacy are taken. Meet the newest members of the Grassroots Action Committee of Fight CRC – the team behind the magic that happens year after year at our annual advocacy event, Call-on Congress. What is the GAC? The Grassroots Action Committee was formed to coalesce the passions of die-hard colorectal cancer advocates. We consider the GAC our “super committee!” They are committed, engaged advocates who take action when asked and

One Million Strong Times Square Kickoff!

What better way to turn on March’s spotlight to colon cancer than an event in NYC’s Times Square! If you own a smart phone, tweet or use Facebook please join Fight Colorectal Cancer for our One Million Strong kickoff on March 1. Live in NYC? Even better. Click here if you live or work near NYC. Click here if you live elsewhere but still want to help! Read on to learn how YOU can show the world why YOU are part of One Million Strong.   Times Square. March 1. Be There. Live or work in NYC? Our team at Fight Colorectal Cancer needs YOU! Here is the roundup of

Veterans Health System Beats Medicare in Colon Cancer Survival

Older men with several kinds of cancer–including colon cancer–do as well or better in the Veterans’ Health Administration as men covered by Medicare, according to a new study published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology in an advanced online release. The Veterans’ Administration is the nation’s largest integrated health system, providing care for 6 million veterans a year who are eligible because of either service-related disabilities or economic disadvantage. The VHA launched a major reorganization in the mid-1990s to improve its quality of care through electronic records, better care coordination and mistake detection, and improved screening.

Rising Incidence of Colorectal Cancer in Under Fifties

Contrary to what is happening for people over fifty, rates of colon and rectal cancer are rising in younger adults. While new colorectal cancers in older people have fallen consistently since 1985, rates for people under 50 have risen, particularly for rectal cancer. Even more concerning, young people with colon cancer were diagnosed at later, less curable stages than those 50 or older. Almost two-thirds had a stage III or IV cancer compared to half of people diagnosed at a later age. In the Archives of Internal Medicine, Nancy You, MD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and her colleagues ask, “Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer: Is It Time to Pay

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