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Living with an Ostomy

Can I have a normal life after an ostomy? Will I still be able to go swimming? How will an ostomy affect my sex life? Join us on April 17, 2013 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET for our live webinar as we discuss how to adapt to life after a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy. We will address the myths and facts about ostomies and provide resources and tips on living a full, healthy, and happy life with one. Our presenters for this webinar are David Rudzin and Susan Burns, president and vice president, respectively, of United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA).  Both of our presenters live with ostomies, and they will share their personal and

No-Pouch Colostomy Appliance Approved

A new appliance that eliminates the need for ostomates to wear an external pouch has received pre-marketing approval by the FDA. Expected to be on the US market in the next few months. the Vitala™ device, seals the stoma, preventing stool from leaving the body for up to 8 hours.  Intestinal gas is filtered and vented to prevent odor. An external pouch will still be needed for wear longer than 8 hours.

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: October 23

Briefly: Health care providers are less likely to recommend colorectal cancer screening to their patients with a high school education or less.  IV ibuprofen enhances morphine to control post-operative pain, reducing pain and letting patients use less morphine. Superspreaders with dirty hands infect large numbers of patients with hospital-borne infections. The United Ostomy Associations of America has a new video for new and potential ostomates that provides encouragement and support, and CR Magazine’s monthly podcast provides help coping with medical testing stress.

C3 Advocate Brings Laughter to CRC Prevention

Standup comic Brenda Elsagher was once voted the funniest woman in the Twin Cities.  Calling her doctor the “rear admiral”, she’s featured in a TV report on colorectal cancer on WCCO, Minneapolis talking about the importance of colonoscopies and colorectal cancer prevention. Brenda is a research advocate for C3 and weaves colorectal cancer prevention and survivorship messages into her comedy routines, her motivational speaking, and a regular blog. Diagnosed in her thirties, Brenda has a colostomy that she talks about freely and with humor.  In If the Battle is Over Why am I Still in Uniform: Humor as a Survival Tactic to Combat Cancer she discusses her journey with colon

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