Saying Goodbyes

As long as we live, they too will live;
 for they are now a part of us, as we remember them. (Excerpt from the poem, “We Remember Them” – Author Unknown) The last two weeks have taken a toll on the colorectal cancer community. Many of us involved in colon and rectal cancer support knew and worked…  Read More

Earlier End-of-Life Talk Associated with Less Aggressive Late Care

Early discussions about desired end-of-life care, among patients with incurable cancer, were associated with less aggressive treatment in the last month of life, according to a study published this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (Nov. 13 online ahead of print). The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) highlighted this study for providing “the first-of-its-kind…  Read More

"Isn't Hospice End-of-Life Care?"

Fight Colorectal Cancer’s September 2012 patient webinar focused on issues that run rampant with misunderstanding and fear: palliative and hospice care. Dr. Jim Meadows, Director of Palliative and Hospice Care at Tennessee Oncology, led the webinar. He spoke at length about palliative care, but not surprisingly, the majority of questions toward the end of the webinar…  Read More

Sept 2012 Webinar: Hospice and Palliative Care

Dr. Jim Meadows, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at Tennessee Oncology, will discuss this months webinar topic. He will address questions like: How does a family and a health care team best work together to guide a patient through a terminal illness? How does everyone continue to support quality, patient-centered, end-of-life care? Hospice care and…  Read More

No More Room in the Bucket

[Our dear friend and advocate Pat Steer passed away on July 17, 2012. This was the last blog post she wrote for us.] My friend Janet asked me last week if there were still things I wished I could do, any unfinished things on my bucket list. I thought for a minute before I said, “No.”…  Read More

Early Palliative Care Increases Survival Time

Should cancer care focused on quality of life wait until all treatment ends?  Or can it be integrated with medical treatment as soon as someone is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness? In a study of 150 advanced lung cancer patients, starting palliative care along with standard life-prolonging treatment when patients were first diagnosed not only improved…  Read More