Food Safety is a must this Holiday Season

FDA guidelines for avoiding food borne illness include keeping hands and surfaces clean, keeping raw meat and poultry separate from other food, cooking to temperatures that will kill bacteria, chilling leftovers and throwing out food that might be contaminated.

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Caregiver to Research Advocate: Meet RATS Member Kimberly Schoolcraft

28 Years Together…But Not Nearly Enough Andy and I had been together since college. He was very healthy, active, and athletic – think weightlifting, skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, rowing…”armchair athletics.” If you ever needed a favor or had a question (about anything), Andy was the…

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Waiting for Test Results: 5 Tips to Minimize Scanxiety

You can’t skip them – those CT scans, blood tests, and other diagnostic and follow up tests are a part of the colorectal cancer experience. Unfortunately, along with the tests and scans comes the wait time. When standing by for test results, days can feel…

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Kellie Hoffman: 2nd Year RATS Member

Kellie’s Story My mom was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2005. I am an only child and was my mom’s only caregiver. Her treatment included radiation, chemo, and surgery. In 2009, she had surgery to remove ⅓ of her colon at Duke University…

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RATS Member Karen Wehling

My Story I was diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer in June 2011, four months after the unexpected death of my husband. For at least six months I had been experiencing pain while sitting and rectal pain, and was being treated for hemorrhoids. After finally…

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Lera Chitwood: Research Advocate and Fight CRC Clinical Trial Curator

Retired Research Professional Turned Cancer Research Pro With the background of a competitive intelligence analyst, business research manager, and adjunct professor teaching Internet and business skills to graduates, I have decades of experience searching online for information. My research skills proved valuable when my late…

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Breaking Research News

Response to the ACP’s Screening Guideline Recommendations

On November 4, 2019, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released new guidelines for colon and rectal cancer screening in average risk people.  ACP’S GUIDELINE RECOMMENDATIONS Guidance Statement 1: Clinicians should screen for colorectal cancer in average-risk adults between the ages of 50 and 75…

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Fight CRC examines colorectal cancer in younger adults

Next steps in the international arena. In October 2019, Andrea (Andi) Dwyer at the University of Colorado, Dr. Jose Perea at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz University Hospital in Spain, and Dr. Hisham Hussan from the Ohio State University released this editorial in response to the…

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Three key Takeaways from ESMO 2019

The European Society for Medical Oncology’s Annual Conference, better known to the research community as “ESMO,” was held September 27 – October 1, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. Researchers from all over the world gathered at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via event center, nestled right on…

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