Meet the One Million Strong – Natia Porter from New York

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET NATIA Natia Porter, Family New York, NY NATIA’S STORY Lynch syndrome or (wrongly called) non-polyposis colorectal cancer runs in genes from my mother’s side. It is wrongly called because it predisposes us up to 8…  Read More

Genetic Counselor Joins Medical Advisory Board

Long before Angelina Jolie gripped the American public’s attention by announcing her double mastectomy due to a genetic mutation, Fight Colorectal Cancer had been educating patients about family histories, plus supporting and reporting research advances in genetics—especially Lynch syndrome. One of our most reliable sources for patient information and webinars  has been Heather Hampel, MS, CGC, a genetic…  Read More

Two Advances in Understanding, Treating Painful Chemo Neuropathy

Recent studies show some promise in understanding chemo-caused neuropathy, and perhaps in using a common medicine to ease the worst symptoms in some people. Study shows neuropathy relief for some using antidepressant  A well-designed clinical study has provided the first evidence that the antidepressant Cymbalta® (duloxetine) can provide some patients with significant relief from peripheral neuropathy…  Read More

“You Don’t Own Me….” But do you own part of my genes?

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case that both sides consider absolutely vital to the future of medical research. The case: Can a company take out a patent on a human gene? Or, as the company Myriad Genetics told the Court, not actually a patent on a gene, but a patent on isolated sections…  Read More

The Worldview of DNA Busted Wide Open

Time to start printing new biology textbooks: The scientific—and medical—picture of the human cell changed today from a outer-space snapshot to detailed Google map. In a blizzard of more than 30 scientific papers published today in multiple basic scientific journals, an international research collaboration has flung open the door of the “wiring closet” of human cells–exposing…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer Molecules and Genes Reveal Surprises

A Labor Day salute to the hard-working scientists—doctors, PhDs, lab techs, technology inventors—who have done some  heavy lifting to peer into the tiniest recesses of cells, genes, and molecules to unravel what makes colorectal cancer happen. In the widest and deepest effort to date, the Cancer Genome Atlas Project has produced some surprises and key clues…  Read More