Virtual Colonoscopy Works for Older Folks Too

 Time to catch up on some colorectal cancer news that we might have missed. In Nutshell News: Virtual colonoscopy works just as well for over 65’s, over-the-counter and prescription stomach acid is connected to c. difficile diarrhea, and the recession cut into colorectal cancer screening among people with health insurance.

CT Colonography Finds Cancers Outside the Colon

Looking at more than 10,000 screening CT colonography or virtual colonoscopy exams, doctors found cancers in 1 in every 200 patients, but more often those cancers were not colorectal cancer, but unsuspected cancer found outside the colon. The tests found 22 colorectal cancers (1 in every 500 patients examined) and 36 other cancers (1 in every…  Read More

CT Colonography Effective in Older Adults

CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) found more than twice the rate of large polyps or cancer in patients 65 and older compared to everyone being screened for colorectal cancer using the radiology-based test. About one in six older patients was referred for an optical colonoscopy based on findings from the scans. There were no major complications including…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: May 23

Research this week finds that people with severe cancer weight loss get less benefit from fentanyl pain patches and explores why people with Down Syndrome have less cancer. In other headlines, shut-down of a Canadian nuclear reactor threatens the supply of medical isotopes used in many cancer tests.  Free drug samples may do more harm than…  Read More

ACS's Brawley Disappointed by CMS CT Colonography Denial

American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Otis W. Brawley, M.D., says that he is disappointed in the decision by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services not to cover CT colonography screening for elderly Americans on Medicare. Dr. Brawley points out that randomized clinical trials have shown the CTC option as effective as traditional optical colonoscopy…  Read More

CMS Says CT Colonography Evidence Insufficient: Medicare Won't Cover It

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid issued a final National Coverage Decision on May 12, 2009 denying Medicare payments for CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) to screen for colorectal cancer. Despite an overwhelming number of comments urging that CMS overturn their provisional determination not to cover the test, the agency remained unconvinced that there was sufficient evidence…  Read More