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Get Inspired in Our New Online Community

At Fight Colorectal Cancer we use the word community a lot but we don’t use it lightly. We know that a solid community needs to have trust, credibility and the best of intentions at its core. So when we invite members of our community to check out the community at the website Inspire.com, we do so because we believe you’ll find something useful and meaningful there. Get your questions answered. Find a supportive group of new friends. Laugh with others who know exactly what you’re going through. Compare side effects and learn how others cope with them. Follow posts by Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Kate Murphy and stay up to date

Receive Your Free Copy of “Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Colorectal Cancer”

Fight Colorectal Cancer has partnered with the Cancer Support Community (formerly The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club) on the third edition of its highly popular book, “Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Colorectal Cancer.” The book is part of a free educational program conducted by the Cancer Support Community that is dedicated to empowering patients and their families to effectively navigate life with colorectal cancer. It includes: The latest diagnostic tools and screening guidelines An in-depth look at treatment options and side-effect management Tips for patients and their families on how to communicate with their health care teams Ways to cope with quality of life issues Up-to-date resources related to the total

Dr. Jimmie Holland on The Human Side of Cancer

This week CR Magazine presents a series of five podcasts featuring interviews with Memorial Sloan Kettering psychiatrist Dr. Jimmie Holland. Dr. Holland is a pioneer in treating the whole person with cancer, including meeting their social and emotional needs.  She has worked in the field of psycho-oncology since 1977, urging that cancer patients be assessed for distress at their very first oncology visit. Each day a new episode will be available including: The Shock of Diagnosis Cancer Myths Doctor and Patient Relationships A Family Affair Life After Cancer

Happiness is Contagious

Happy people spread their cheer to people around them and to through them to an even larger network of connections.  Being surrounded by many happy people makes it more likely that someone will be happy in the future. Researchers studying emotional connections and happiness in a large group of people over twenty years discovered that happiness not just due to happy people tending to gather with each other, but was a true contagion spreading from one person to another.  Analysis found that the clusters of happiness and unhappiness were not due to chance, but truly driven by networks of people in close proximity to each other. 

Remembering What the Doctor Said — Does Age Matter?

When patients see a cancer doctor for the first time, they don’t remember everything the doctor tells them.  In fact, both older patients and younger ones remembered about half what they heard about their diagnoses, treatment, chances for cure, and life expectancy. Patients over 65 only remembered less than younger ones in those situations where visits were longer and more information was discussed. Prognosis did make a difference.  Patients with poorer prognosis recalled less, no matter what age they were.  And, despite whether the expected cancer outcomes were good or not, the more a doctor talked about prognosis, the less patients remembered.

Beads of Courage Help Young Cancer Patients

A yellow bead for a week in the hospital.  A white bead for every day of chemotherapy.  Glow in the dark beads for radiation.  A child’s name spelled out in beads.  Necklaces that tell stories of cancer journeys and help sick children endure tough times. Beads of Courage™ were originally developed by Jean Baruch, a children’s cancer nurse, at  Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  Baruch now heads the program which has expanded to a number of other children’s hospitals in the United States and internationally. Special handmade beads mark important milestones including purple hearts when treatment ends.  Parents whose children die are comforted with a butterfly bead.  Artists and beadmakers throughout the