Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: May 1

A new type of drug was successful in helping patients with cancer cachexia regain muscle and strength, and counting circulating tumor cells helped predict survival for people with advanced colorectal cancer. Free colonoscopies are available through a Connecticut program, the FDA and FTC warn the public to be wary of websites or ads promising treatments for…  Read More

C3 Asks Medicare to Reconsider Decision Not to Cover CT Colonography

In response to a proposed national coverage decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services not to pay for screening CT colonography (CTC) for Medicare enrollees, C3 has submitted comments asking that CMS cover screening CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) as part of a Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) process. A CED would enable CMS to…  Read More

Medicare Won't Cover CT Colonography

On February 11, 2009 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed national coverage decision memorandum not to pay for computed tomographic colonography (so-called virtual colonoscopy) to screen for colorectal cancer. The evidence is inadequate to conclude that CT colonography is an appropriate colorectal cancer screening test under §1861(pp)(1) of the Social Security…  Read More

CT Colonography Can Also Detect Osteoporosis

CT colonography (so-called virtual colonoscopy or CTC) can also detect osteoporosis during colorectal cancer screening. Using the same images obtained while looking for colorectal polyps, a different software program can examine the spine for bone mineral density.  Low bone mineral density  is a symptom of osteoporosis which increases risk for broken bones.

How Important Is Removing Small Polyps Found on CT Colonography?

With the addition of CT colonography (so-called virtual colonoscopy) to colorectal cancer screening guidelines, there is concern about whether or not to remove small polyps found during the CTC exam. Large polyps are 10 millimeters or bigger, and doctors agree that people who have at least one large polyp discovered by CT colonography (CTC) should be…  Read More

Virtual Colonoscopy Effective Screening Method

Computerized tomographic colonography (CTC), so-called virtual colonoscopy, proved accurate in locating colon polyps or cancers 10 millimeters or larger in a large study conducted in a number of community centers across the United States.  The x-ray-based test found 90 percent of l0 millimeter polyps identified by traditional colonoscopy, which uses a lighted tube inserted into the…  Read More