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FDA approves treatment for patients with MSI-H or d-MMR biomarkers

On May 23, 2017, the FDA approved a new treatment option for patients who have the microsatellite instable-high (MSI-H) or deficient mismatch repair (d-MMR) biomarkers. This is the first time the FDA has approved a treatment based on a biomarker. Previous treatment options for colorectal…

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New-And-Improved MSS Colorectal Cancer Clinical Trial Finder Released

Tom Marsilje, Ph.D. and Fight Colorectal Cancer release a new-and-improved tool that helps late-stage colorectal cancer (CRC) patients search for microsatellite stable (MSS-CRC) clinical trials sorted with a patient’s point of view in mind Stage IV Colorectal Cancer Survivor Dr. Tom Marsilje, known to many…

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ASCO 2017: Pre-Conference Insights

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Conference is just around the corner! It will occur on June 2-6, 2017! To get a head start and know what new research we can expect to see, Fight CRC asked Dr. Dusty Deming (a CRC survivor and researcher…

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I Prevented Cancer – A Previvor Story

A few years ago, my cousin Amanda told me she had been diagnosed with colon cancer. She was only 34 years old. Young, right? And then she told me her type of colon cancer is hereditary. After my cousin’s diagnosis, her mom (my aunt) got…

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All Things Ostomy – Feb. 2017 Webinar Questions Answered!

Ostomy surgery can be life-saving and increase quality of life for individuals suffering from severe issues with bowel regulation. However, for some, the surgery can also affect life in a negative way.  In Feb. 2017, Joanna Burgess, BSN, RN, CWOCN joined Fight CRC for a webinar…

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RECAP: GI ASCO 2017 Poster Walk

This is part 2 of 3 for our GI ASCO blog recap Each January the American Society of Cancer Oncology (ASCO) hosts the Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancers Symposium in San Francisco. This three-day conference is attended by experts in the field, advocates and advocacy groups. The experts…

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RECAP: GI ASCO 2017 Hot Topics

This is part 1 of 3 for our GI ASCO blog recap Fight Colorectal Cancer and four research advocates, all colorectal cancer survivors, were among the 3,500 people who attended 2017 GI ASCO. It is our commitment to send staff and advocates to the conference to stay…

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Exercise can help prepare you for surgery

If you’ve ever had surgery you know the routine. “Do not eat, drink (not even water) or chew gum after midnight.” But what about exercise? While it’s unlikely you’ll be exercising the morning before surgery, a recent study explored integrating movement and other prehabilitation techniques…

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Finding strength in your worst moment as a caregiver

by Martin Lannon Over the years I had seen television shows or read stories about pivotal moments in other people’s lives. These moments changed them, or caused them to realize they were more than just the routine they had fallen into. My moment came in…

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