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What the Government Shutdown Means for Colorectal Cancer

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

Bronner Bros. Hair Show — RECAP!

The Bronner Bros. show in Atlanta proved to be an amazing place to talk about colorectal cancer. Why Bronner Bros.? Because screening rates are lower among the African-American demographic, we partnered with The Center for Colon Cancer Research at the University of South Carolina to host an educational booth that distributed life-saving information and attracted attention among African-Americans. Our relationship with Rodrick Samuels and the Profile Barber Institute made the hair show a perfect way to reach our target audience. Our Exhibit For two days, our exhibit hosted Colondar models Tonya Floyd (2014) and Suzie Hill (2008), two women diagnosed with CRC under age 50. Kendra McBride from the University

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. Champions Colorectal Cancer

With teary eyes, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. told the story of losing his father, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Sr., to colon cancer in 2012.  Although Payne mourns the loss of his father, he’s taken up his charge and furthers his legacy through supporting colorectal cancer patients and initiatives on the Hill. We were honored to meet with Rep. Payne, Jr. at the 2013 Call-on Congress. Watch his story and hear his encouragement to our advocates. Oh – and hit SHARE to encourage others & spread the word! Ready to use your voice to make colorectal cancer a national priority? As Congressman Payne, Jr. recommends, face-to-face contact with elected officials

IS IT TRUE? Oral Hygiene Impacts Colon Cancer?

Did everyone see the buzz about oral hygiene and colon cancer? Here’s a quick report from Cleveland’s newspaper The Plain Dealer about the research uncovered at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine: … Research, published online today in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, explains how the bacterium [gingivitis-causing bacteria] may turn on tumor growth in the colon, and also identifies a way to prevent its action. The researchers also hope their work will lead to a diagnostic tool that will help identify those at risk of colon cancer earlier in the disease’s progression. Read the full article about Colon Cancer and Oral Bacteria. So – is it true? Can

The “Now What” After Cancer Treatment

It’s an amazing day. You stand up and get dressed, finally getting to wear clothes that don’t have a huge crack in the back. Or, you walk away from the leather chair in the chemo ward for the last time. Becoming “free” of cancer is a day all survivors long for – it’s the goal. The finish line in sight. But for many of us, once we “cross the finish line,” we aren’t necessarily jumping up and down at the victory like we thought we would. Instead, something unexpected happens. It hits us. Whether it’s our hospital security blanket that gets taken away or just the reality of “now what’s”

Annual Texas Barbecue Competition Raises Lynch Syndrome Awareness

There’s just one place in Texas where you will find a silent auctioned beer tube, inflatable colon to walk through and some of the best barbecue cooks in the state. So if you’re near the Dallas area, make sure you put the annual Steve Mayberry Memorial Cookoff on your calendar for Sept. 6-7, 2013. Because as they say, everything’s bigger in Texas. And our entire team at Fight Colorectal Cancer is drooling over this yearly fundraiser coming from the Lone Star State. A great reason to BBQ The 2013 Steve Mayberry Memorial Cookoff will mark the 3rd year of awareness and fundraising for colorectal cancer research and education. The competition memorializes Steve

WEBINAR: Molecular Testing & Tumor Testing

Molecular testing and tumor testing — ever heard about it? Ever been asked about it? Join us for a Webinar on Wednesday, July 17 (8-9:30pm EDT) to learn more about these tools available for colorectal cancer patients. We’ll discuss: The importance of tumor testing and molecular testing. How this testing relates to colon and rectal cancer. If you should have your tumor tested. What tumor testing involves and how tumor testing is performed. The role tumor testing plays in a patient’s treatment options. Physicians making treatment choices based on a tumor’s molecular biology. REGISTER NOW About the presenter: Dr. Bekaii-Saab is the Section Chief, Gastrointestinal Oncology at James Cancer Hospital

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

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