Reese Garcia

Dedicated to Research

Meet Reese Garcia, our new Research Advocacy Manager, and see why and how she developed a passion for research and fighting for those with colorectal cancer. My CRC Connection One semester into my public health graduate studies back in 2016, I stumbled into a research…

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Fight CRC Partners on 2017 NCCN Guidelines for Patients

[SPRINGFIELD, MO — August 11, 2017] Fight Colorectal Cancer is the proud advocacy partner of the NCCN Foundation® for the publication of the 2017 versions of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® for Colon and Rectal Cancers. These patient resources are published by the National Comprehensive…

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Breaking Research News

FDA approves Opdivo for MSI-H or dMMR Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

On August 1, 2017, the FDA approved the use of Opdivo (nivolumab) in microsatellite instability high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). This is very exciting for the colorectal cancer community, who has seen a push in research efforts and immunotherapy…

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Surviving Colorectal Cancer

It may sound surprising to some, but not all cancer research focuses on finding a treatment to cure a disease. In fact, research efforts are well underway in the realm of cancer survivorship, including continued support for physical, mental, and emotional health of cancer patients….

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Teacher Fights Colon Cancer

Gina Benedetti is a colon cancer survivor from Petaluma, California who was featured in the 2017 On the Rise by our partners at The Colon Club. She is a mother and an elementary school teacher. She shares her story on the challenges that came with working while fighting colon cancer. …

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FDA update: Expanding the Indication of Panitumumab (Vectibix)

Panitumumab (Vectibix) has been a common drug for metastatic colorectal cancer since 2006. It received initial approval from the FDA for the treatment of colon cancers that express EGFR. The FDA had approved the use of the drug for patients with cancer that got worse…

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Ann Ogden

Q&A with Ann Ogden from Cook for your Life

Ann Ogden graciously offered some of her top tips and advice for cancer patients and shared what motivated her to start Cook for your Life, a nonprofit organization that helps cancer patients cook for themselves. Ann’s a two-time cancer survivor herself with a passion for…

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Clint Cummings and Sparrows Tattoo – Leaving a Mark

On Jan. 30, 2016, tattoo artist Clint Cummings announced to his Instagram followers that he had been diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Clint, who was a participant on the second season of Spike’s Ink Master reality show, offered glimpses of his carefree-yet-courageous battle via…

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Rachel – A Hands-On Approach to Treatment

Rachel Durst-Strecker was unaware about colorectal cancer, all she had heard is that it was “an old person’s” disease. While trying to figure out the source of her digestive issues, Rachel underwent a colonoscopy at 34 years old. She wasn’t worried about it, since colorectal…

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Deb and Ron

Deborah and Ronnie – In Sickness and in Health

They both were in each other’s lives indirectly, working at the same three hospitals in an 18-year span. Some time after Ronnie got divorced and Deborah’s husband passed away, a mutual friend reintroduced them. The rest, Deborah says, is history. However, when Deborah and Ronnie…

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