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Meet the One Million Strong – Stephanie Moore from Missouri

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET STEPHANIE Stephanie Moore, Survivor Webb City, MO STEPHANIE’S STORY In May of 2009, just two months after my mom was diagnosed with rectal cancer, I was given the same diagnosis. The local doctors told me to get ready to die-leaving three children ages 4, 9 and 12. My husband said,  ”Uanacceptable words!” & found hope in St. Louis. It was difficult, emotionally & physically painful, but moments of hilarity, clarity, and firm resolve to fight helped me to endure. The chances of this horrible disease returning are good, but

WEBINAR: Molecular Testing & Tumor Testing

Molecular testing and tumor testing — ever heard about it? Ever been asked about it? Join us for a Webinar on Wednesday, July 17 (8-9:30pm EDT) to learn more about these tools available for colorectal cancer patients. We’ll discuss: The importance of tumor testing and molecular testing. How this testing relates to colon and rectal cancer. If you should have your tumor tested. What tumor testing involves and how tumor testing is performed. The role tumor testing plays in a patient’s treatment options. Physicians making treatment choices based on a tumor’s molecular biology. REGISTER NOW About the presenter: Dr. Bekaii-Saab is the Section Chief, Gastrointestinal Oncology at James Cancer Hospital

What’s New & What’s On the Horizon in Colon Cancer?

Are you a patient, caregiver, survivor or advocate interested in all things colorectal cancer? Want to be “in the know?” Then make sure to join our FREE June webinar, What’s New & What’s on the Horizon. In partnership with Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), we will present some of the latest information regarding colorectal cancer. Representatives from both CCA and Fight Colorectal Cancer attended the 2013 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium co-sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology®. Our teams will report on the latest news in cancer research and care. Our webinar will touch on: the key 2013 colorectal cancer findings updates on FDA-approved drugs for colorectal cancer information about what’s next for colorectal cancer

Meet the Newbies to the GAC

At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we head straight to “the top” when it comes to demanding a cure for this dreaded disease. Our advocates hit Capitol Hill each March to meet with members of Congress. And throughout the year, a special committee ensures that actions for CRC advocacy are taken. Meet the newest members of the Grassroots Action Committee of Fight CRC – the team behind the magic that happens year after year at our annual advocacy event, Call-on Congress. What is the GAC? The Grassroots Action Committee was formed to coalesce the passions of die-hard colorectal cancer advocates. We consider the GAC our “super committee!” They are committed, engaged advocates who take action when asked and

One Million Strong Times Square Kickoff!

What better way to turn on March’s spotlight to colon cancer than an event in NYC’s Times Square! If you own a smart phone, tweet or use Facebook please join Fight Colorectal Cancer for our One Million Strong kickoff on March 1. Live in NYC? Even better. Click here if you live or work near NYC. Click here if you live elsewhere but still want to help! Read on to learn how YOU can show the world why YOU are part of One Million Strong.   Times Square. March 1. Be There. Live or work in NYC? Our team at Fight Colorectal Cancer needs YOU! Here is the roundup of

Participants Needed for Rectal Cancer Surgery Trial

Approximately 80 more participants are needed for a multisite, Phase 3 clinical trial comparing laparoscopic-assisted versus conventional surgery in patients with stage IIA, Stage IIIA or stage IIIB rectal cancer.  Eligible participants must have completed their pre-surgery chemotherapy (Xelox™ or fluorouracil-based) and/or pre-surgery radiation therapy within the previous 4 weeks.

Veterans Health System Beats Medicare in Colon Cancer Survival

Older men with several kinds of cancer–including colon cancer–do as well or better in the Veterans’ Health Administration as men covered by Medicare, according to a new study published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology in an advanced online release. The Veterans’ Administration is the nation’s largest integrated health system, providing care for 6 million veterans a year who are eligible because of either service-related disabilities or economic disadvantage. The VHA launched a major reorganization in the mid-1990s to improve its quality of care through electronic records, better care coordination and mistake detection, and improved screening.

Rising Incidence of Colorectal Cancer in Under Fifties

Contrary to what is happening for people over fifty, rates of colon and rectal cancer are rising in younger adults. While new colorectal cancers in older people have fallen consistently since 1985, rates for people under 50 have risen, particularly for rectal cancer. Even more concerning, young people with colon cancer were diagnosed at later, less curable stages than those 50 or older. Almost two-thirds had a stage III or IV cancer compared to half of people diagnosed at a later age. In the Archives of Internal Medicine, Nancy You, MD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and her colleagues ask, “Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer: Is It Time to Pay

Uninsured with Rectal Cancer are More Likely to Die

Insurance makes a difference for people with rectal cancer. Rectal cancer patients without insurance or covered by Medicaid are almost twice as likely to die within five years as those privately insured. Not only are they diagnosed at a later stage, but fewer receive recommended treatments at every stage. More than half of the difference between patients with private insurance and those without was due to differences in how early they were diagnosed and whether or not they got standard treatment.

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