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Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: December 21

Briefly It’s been tested, and it hurts less to rip a bandaid off fast. NCCN has updated their guidelines for colon and rectal cancer to include testing for BRAF mutations in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. FDA announced a recall of some lots of Alka-Seltzer Plus Day and Night Cold Formula, and an aggressive program to manage respiratory infections at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has kept patients there from getting H1N1 flu.

Make a Plan with Your Doctor to Deal with H1N1 Flu

People with cancer are at higher risk for complications from both the H1N1 flu and seasonal flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Talk to your doctor before you or your family gets the flu about how you should manage it.  Your oncologist may want you to stay home and not come into the office if you have symptoms or may want to see you when other patients aren’t in the office. You may also want to avoid emergency rooms when there is a lot of flu in your community.  Discuss how you should handle non-flu medical emergencies or complications from your cancer treatment during the flu season to

FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of IV Peramivir for Some H1N1 Patients

In response to a request from the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration will allow emergency use of the investigational antiviral intravenous drug peramivir in some hospitalized patients with 2009 H1N1 influenza infection.  The Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is effective for both adults and children from birth to age 17. There are currently no intravenous (IV) antiviral medicines approved for influenza. 

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 2009 H1N1 influenza, and people in remote areas of Arizona were able to have CT colonoscopy screening with teleradiology.

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