Tag Archives: survivorship

Must Watch Thanksgiving TV

After the football and the turkey, tune in Kaleidoscope on Thanksgiving.  C3 is part of the show! Featuring cancer survivors Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, and Olivia Newton-John, Kaleidoscope focuses on women and cancer, raising awareness of how cancer affects women and providing strength to triumph over it. Taped before an audience almost entirely of cancer survivors, Kaleidoscope will air at 4 p.m. EST, Thursday, November 26, Thanksgiving Day on FOX. Watch for the more than 200 C3 cancer survivors and their families who were at the taping in the Verizon Center.

Kimberly Wins a Wedding

Kimberly Wright and Cecil Bradstreet  are being married on December 26, a date they chose because it falls in a free week between Kimberly’s tenth and eleventh chemotherapy treatments. They won a holiday dream wedding from WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina, chosen by online voters.  Cecil wrote their story for the WIS contest as a surprise for Kimberly who was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer during emergency surgery on July 1.

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: July 10

Research this week finds FDG/PET able to predict response to chemotherapy even after one treatment, and chemotherapy before surgery for liver mets makes CT scan evaluation less accurate. Finding the best imaging methods to diagnosis and monitor cancer and comparing new colorectal cancer screening technologies to current standards are among recommended priorities for comparative effectiveness research (CER).  The FDA reports new egg safety rules and the recall of a powdered dietary supplement. Videos of cancer patients are now online discussing the emotional impact of their diagnosis in The Day I Found Out.

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: May 15

Despite more resources in large cities, patients were more often diagnosed with cancer at a late stage in cities in Illinois compared to rural areas. Phone calls and personalized diet and exercise plans helped long-term cancer survivors lose weight and gain strength, and scientists have found changes in the blood of family caregivers that promote inflammation and may lead to illness. In other headlines, both patients and doctors liked virtual, computer videoconferencing visits, and the FDA reports that shortages of fentanyl patches have been resolved.

Liver Symposium Brings Survivors and Health Pros Together

The Liver Symposium will bring together patients and health care providers at the Palmer House in Chicago on May 15 and 16 in a unique collaboration of contining medical education and cancer survivor input to share the latest information about managing liver tumors. Sponsored by YES, a grassroots organization of liver tumor survivors dedicated to helping patients learn their options, the Symposium will provide both supportive survivor-led sessions and presentations from medical experts. Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts will perform at a special welcome dinner for survivors on Thursday evening at 7:30. Scholarship help is available for survivors and patients to attend.  Contact Suzanne Lindley for more information or call

Nurse Practitioners Provide Cancer Survivors with Continuing Care

Nurse practitioners help cancer survivors meet their ongoing needs after their formal cancer treatment ends at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Specially trained, they focus on both medical and psychosocial needs that are unique for each patient.  During the first visit, the nurse practitioner develops a survivorship care plan with the patient which is then sent to that patient’s community primary care physician so that cancer care and other medical needs can be coordinated.

Keeping Cancer Patients from Being Lost in Transition

At the end of treatment, cancer patients can feel relieved that the stresses and side effects are over.  But very often they feel lost, uncertain, afraid that regular scrutiny from their oncologists has ended and that something important may be missed. The Cancer Survivorship Program at the Loyola University Medical Center is among programs designed to ease those fears and protect the overall health of cancer survivors as they move into the future.

Exercise Improves Quality of Life for Colorectal Cancer Survivors

Colon and rectal cancer survivors who meet Canadian public exercise guidelines have better quality of life and less fatigue.  However, only 1 in 4 survivors reported they were actively exercising. More than 400 colon and rectal cancer survivors in Canada answered questions about their exercise, quality of life, and fatigue.  Those who were exercising at the level recommended by guidelines reported significantly better quality of life.  They also had less fatigue.