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;…  Read More

Progress Against Colorectal Cancer — From the 1950s to the 21st Century

Believe it or not, using 5-FU in the fight against colorectal cancer goes back to the 1950s when the chemo drug was first used for advanced disease. Today 5-FU remains a mainstay against colon and rectal cancer, but it has been joined by new drugs, targeted biological agents like Avastin, radiation, and greatly improved surgery. Along…  Read More

Improved Screening Could Dramatically Cut Colorectal Cancer Rates

New diagnoses and death rates continue to decline for colorectal cancer, and the positive trend is expected to continue into the future.  Increasing the numbers of people who are screened could make the rates fall even faster. Increased screening probably has had the greatest impact on decreasing rates, according to the Annual Report to the Nation…  Read More