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Fight Colorectal Cancer Offers Input on Virtual Colonoscopy to FDA

On Monday, Fight Colorectal Cancer’s director of patient information services, Kim Ryan, attended a discussion panel hosted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) focusing on Gastroenterology/Urology and Radiological Devices on Computed Tomography Colonography (CTC). The 26-member panel discussed the risks and benefits of computed tomography colonography (virtual colonoscopy) for patients not experiencing any signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer. The panel discussed questions such as: The potential benefits of CTC for screening  Safety issues related to the use of CTC The role of CTC as one option for screening patients displaying no symptoms of CRC As an organization, we voiced our opinions through formal comments sent before the panel discussion, and submitted verbal comments at

Colorectal Cancer Is (or Could Be) the Poster Child for Cancer Prevention

February is Cancer Prevention Month, and colorectal cancer (CRC) is a poster child, as one of the few cancers that can be literally seen and removed before it becomes cancer, or can be caught early enough in regular screening to be literally cured. Ponder these facts, based on 20 years of experience and summarized by Linda Rabeneck, MD, MPH of Cancer Care Ontario at the recent “GI-ASCO” (Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium of the American Society of Clinica Oncology):   Annual stool tests (fecal occult blood test, or FOBT) reduce deaths from colorectal cancer by 15 to 33 percent. The newer FIT stool test (fecal immunochemical test) appears to be even better than the

Virtual Colonoscopy Works for Older Folks Too

 Time to catch up on some colorectal cancer news that we might have missed. In Nutshell News: Virtual colonoscopy works just as well for over 65′s, over-the-counter and prescription stomach acid is connected to c. difficile diarrhea, and the recession cut into colorectal cancer screening among people with health insurance.

CT Colonography Finds Cancers Outside the Colon

Looking at more than 10,000 screening CT colonography or virtual colonoscopy exams, doctors found cancers in 1 in every 200 patients, but more often those cancers were not colorectal cancer, but unsuspected cancer found outside the colon. The tests found 22 colorectal cancers (1 in every 500 patients examined) and 36 other cancers (1 in every 300 patients.)  More than half were found at an early stage I.  After an average follow-up time of 30 months, only 3 patients had died of cancer. Renal cell cancer was the most frequent extracolonic cancer, discovered in 11 patients who didn’t have symptoms.  Eight lung cancers were also found along with six cases

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