Posted on April 6, 2014
The emotional and physical stress of a cancer diagnosis is almost unimaginable. Add to this financial demand of medical bills and other treatment-related costs, and the stress can be overwhelming. Many patients are simply unable to meet the cost of having cancer.
Today, nearly half of our Helpline calls are from patients or family members asking about finances or financial assistance. That’s 6,000 callers every year. Read more
Posted on April 5, 2014
While we often say that the colonoscopy is the “gold standard” when it comes to colon cancer screening, no test is perfect. But colonoscopy still offers the most effective screening option.
A recent study by the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah found that about 6% of colon cancers are diagnosed within three to five years after a patient receives a clean colonoscopy. Read more
Posted on April 4, 2014
In 2009, Jay Nadas lost his best friend, Rob Nelson, to colon cancer after being diagnosed at the young age of 32. Since then, he’s made it his mission to get colon cancer on the map in a big way. Through his employer, Walgreens, he’s worked tirelessly to amplify education about the disease on their corporate campus and has big plans for the future. We’re both humbled and inspired by the work Jay has done. For all he has accomplished and his future plans to knock out colon cancer, we are proud to honor Jay our April Hero of the Month. Read more
Posted on April 2, 2014
This year, we teamed up with our friends at Fight Colorectal Cancer to turn all 50 states blue and recognize March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Volunteers across the nation took on the challenge and successfully received proclamations from 46 of the 50 states plus two state-issued letters, declaring the nation nearly all blue. President Obama even proclaimed March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. What a month it has been! Read more
Posted on April 1, 2014
Living with stage IV colon cancer is something I have been doing for a very long time now. I was diagnosed when I was 31 years old and told I had six months to live. That was more than 10 years ago. When I was diagnosed, I was a statistic – one of more than 150,000 Americans who are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. Even though I was told I only had a few months to live, I couldn’t stop myself from searching for hope and looking for answers. After I was urged to get my affairs in order, I learned about Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) using microspheres in combination with chemotherapy. I’m still living with cancer today, but thanks to SIRT, my quality of life is great and I am beating the odds. Read more