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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BBQ photo

Summertime Grilling – The Scoop on High Heat

Summer is here! For many, that means it’s time for picnics, BBQs and lots of sunshine! But the National Cancer Institute warns to use caution when firing up the grill. Studies suggest that eating large amounts of well-done, fried or barbecued meats (beef, pork, fish,…

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Two Powerful Voices – The Gibson Sisters

It started out with a quick selfie. Elsa and Carrie Gibson searched online looking for support and information. Their dad was sick with late-stage colorectal cancer. They needed answers. As they sought information, they stumbled across pictures with the hashtag #StrongArmSelfie. They decided to join in….

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Colonoscopy Prep Tips

Prep – it’s one of the most dreaded steps involved in getting screened for colorectal cancer via colonoscopy. There’s a lot of reasons why. The prep drink tastes salty to some. Few enjoy a mad dash to the toilet. Plus, there’s several prep options to do…

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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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