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Depression and Cancer: More than a Side Effect?

Depression and Cancer: More than a Side Effect?

This post was written by Curtis Pesmen, survivor and author of My Cancer Year. With the heightened awareness of depression this week, we hope colorectal cancer patients facing depression read this to understand the psycho-social impact of cancer and seek help if needed. On a personal note, our condolences to Curtis and his wife who had a friendship with Robin Williams and his wife. Read Curt’s tribute to him posted in Esquire this week.    For all the advances and new diagnostics in cancer therapy, a stark fact remains: There is no standard CT scan for depression. (At least not yet.) And depression often follows cancer diagnoses. This is but one reason why it remains difficult

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Meet the One Million Strong – Sarah H. from Ontario

MEET SARAH Sarah Howe, survivor St. Catharines, Ontario SARAH’S STORY On March 28, 2014 I began experiencing intense stomach pain that I brushed off as “normal” because I had just given birth to my third child two days prior.When the pain persisted, and was still occurring after two weeks, I decided to go to the ER. The doctor said it “might be a kidney infection,” and gave me a prescription for antibiotics. The next day I went back and another doctor said, “You probably just tore muscles from labor.” I fought with the pain for four more weeks before going back to the ER, where a doctor refused to even look

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Fight CRC Patient Resource Group – Launch

FINDING RESOURCES Colorectal cancer resources shouldn’t be hard to find. Fight Colorectal Cancer knows that many patients, caregivers and survivors find themselves asking the same questions:  Where can I find reliable and trusted information about my diagnosis and treatment plan?  How do I stay up-to-date on the latest colorectal cancer news?  Is there one place where I can find colorectal cancer resources? The answer to these frequently asked questions is Fight Colorectal Cancer’s new Patient Resource Facebook group. Fight CRC will guide patients and their families through screening, diagnosis, treatments, side effects and more with reliable and vetted educational information. We will empower you with the latest medical news and the

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Meet the One Million Strong – Ruth R. from North Carolina

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET RUTH Ruth Roberts , Survivor Thomasville. NC RUTH’S STORY On December 2, I had a colonoscopy, then on December 12, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The doctor decided to take action right away and on December 17, I had a foot of my colon removed and I am still going through recovery. Cancer is a life changing event for family, friends and loved ones. Stay strong, be positive and most of all, don’t take life to serious and enjoy what makes you happiest. For me, my happy places are the beach

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Fight Colorectal Cancer Releases “Guide in the Fight” Resource Book for Stage III & Stage IV Colorectal Cancer Patients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 17, 2014 – Today Fight Colorectal Cancer released its new patient education resource, Your Guide in the Fight. Your Guide in the Fight answers common questions and provides practical tips for those fighting stage III and stage IV colorectal cancer (advanced stage disease.) The resource walks patients through a cancer diagnosis step-by-step, covering topics ranging from second opinions, clinical trials, financial assistance, intimacy issues, ostomy support, hospice, survivorship and more. The book is written to assist patients and caregivers from the first day of diagnosis to the last day of treatment.   A 10-step, 65 Page workbook, the Guide provides information about medical terms,

First-Line Treatment Approved for Stage IV Colorectal Cancer

There is new first-line treatment (standard of care to start treatment) giving as many as 60% of the stage IV colorectal cancer patients more options for treatment. Previously, most stage IV patients undergoing chemotherapy would be recommended to go on FOLFOX and bevacizumab (Avastin). Patients would receive this first set of drugs (called first-line) and if the cancer continued to grow, then other treatment options would be explored. Recently, the FDA approved an additional drug to be used as a first-line option for some stage IV patients. But this is for a specific set of patients based on their tumor gene type, known as biomarker. The new targeted therapy panitumumab

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Andi’s Highlights on ASCO 2014

by Andi Dwyer, Director of Health Promotion, Fight Colorectal Cancer Working in the cancer prevention and survivorship field for nearly ten years, I was elated to attend my first ASCO.  However, nothing prepared me for the 35,000 people from throughout the world, gathered to unveil the latest in ‘all things’ cancer.  I came in with a notion this was a research conference; I discovered, it was so much more. Policy, advocacy, pharmaceutical, basic research and clinical/medical science from the entire planet, collided into a single city for a solid four days.  It was intense and complete with opportunity and challenge but none-the-less, a guide for this year and beyond. ASCO info about Biomarkers

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CORPORATE GIVING: IT CAN BE EASIER THAN YOU THINK

CORPORATE GIVING by board member Dana Rye Corporate giving might sound like something out of reach, especially at a large company. But as I learned, many companies have huge amounts of money set aside for organizations that are important to their employees. Take for example my old company – an investment bank called Credit Suisse. I started with a fundraising run a few years ago. Credit Suisse agreed to donate $3,000 just for convincing ten coworkers to run or walk the race with me. They also have funds available for volunteer work, board membership and holiday giving. After years of fundraising runs, Credit Suisse agreed to place Fight Colorectal Cancer on

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Meet the One Million Strong – Kimberly B from Florida

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET KIMBERLY Kimberly Bishop, Survivor Osteen, FL KIMBERLY’S STORY I was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer in February 2007, at age 34.  I was young, fit, and perfectly healthy in every other way.  I share the same story that is typical of so many young CRC survivors; I was told I had hemorrhoids and IBS and was denied screening for over three years.  My doctor finally decided I need to be scoped and my first colonoscopy revealed a 13cm. sessile villous adenoma at my recto-sigmoid juncture. After colon resection

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Meet the One Million Strong – Eileen A. from California

MEET EILEEN Eileen Algaze, Survivor Monarch Beach, CA EILEEN’S STORY The Irony of Cancer -I am 67 years old and have survived colon cancer four times:  stage 0 in 2001, stage 4 metastasized to the liver in 2008, further metastasized to lymph node on liver in 2012 and now in a cluster of six nodes in the abdomen. After major surgeries with complications, grueling chemotherapy, loss of my hair, my body parts and my marriage, I’m still here. My mother died of breast cancer when I was 10 and my brother Kenneth was eight. I knew Ken was afraid to lose me to the same enemy.  My brother was born

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