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Our AZ Chapter Does It Again!

Posted on March 19, 2015

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On Saturday, March 14, the tireless energizer bunnies of our Arizona Chapter hosted the 2nd Annual Survivorship Symposium – Life Before, During and After Colorectal Cancer.  Exactly 100 folks attended with 10 participants who came from areas outside Phoenix, even one who flew in from Hawaii for the second year in a row! Of the 100 attendees, the chapter hosted 31 survivors. And the feedback from these attendees was top-notch. 

“This symposium changed my life last year,” said one survivor. “It gave me the tools I needed to discuss my treatment back home with my doctors. I wasn’t going to miss this year’s symposium.” Using feedback from last year’s attendees, this FREE annual event featured experts discussing the latest advances in colorectal cancer treatment and patient support topics. Check out the Arizona Chapter’s website to view the fabulously informative presentations.

·         Colon Cancer: The Emotional Impact of Diagnosis and Treatment   Dr. Robert Bright, Vice Chair of Education, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Psychology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

·         Cancer Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes   Barbara Kavanagh, Arizona Myeloma Network 

·         Colorectal Cancer 2015: An Overview   Dr. Peter Lance, Deputy Director, University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center 

·         Survivorship and Patient Care Plans   Dr. Kerry Tobias, Medical Director, Supportive Care and Survivorship, University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center 

·         Nutrition with Colorectal Cancer  Terri Taylor, Oncological Nutritionist, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare

Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information about colon health. If you have additional questions about colon cancer screening or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help.

Are You at High Risk for Colon Cancer?

Posted on March 16, 2015

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Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US. And although there is no single cause, one in 20 people will be diagnosed with this disease. Did you know that certain factors can push this risk even higher – up to 100%? Having these risk factors on your radar from a young age will allow you to be your own advocate and be proactive about your health and screenings. Find out what Dr. William E. Karnes of the University of California Irvine has to say. Read more

Welcome Anthony Bryant, Database Manager

Posted on March 10, 2015

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Please join us in welcoming the newest member to the Colon Cancer Alliance family – Mr. Anthony Bryant! As a Certified Senior Salesforce.com Administrator, Anthony will be helping keep us up to speed in the wild world of technology, with special attention on efficiency. His mantra? “I don’t want us to be working hard; I want us to work smart.” Anthony served in the United States Air Force and completed a 10 year stint as a flight attendant in the 90’s with both American and Continental Airlines. Read more

Hero of the Month: Dr. James Yoo

Posted on March 9, 2015

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Dr. James Yoo is a colorectal surgeon at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Beyond his remarkable accomplishments in the medical field, specifically in the areas of lab research and the development of new surgical approaches, this year, he and his team are taking Colon Cancer Month by storm! Between Twitter chats and in-person events, they’re creating quite a buzz in Boston and beyond. We’re so inspired to see medical professionals, like Dr. Yoo and the team at Tufts, getting involved with March in a hands-on way. Together with survivors, medical professionals and advocates across the country, we’re putting colon cancer on the map and saving lives. Thank you, Dr. Yoo, for being part of this movement! Read more

Why Dress in Blue? Simple.

Posted on March 6, 2015

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Happy Dress in Blue Day! This special day began with Anita Mitchell, a stage IV colon cancer survivor. Ms. Mitchell saw a need to bring greater awareness to a cancer not many people wanted to discuss. What started in her child’s classroom in 2006 is now a nationally-recognized event where individuals across the country unite to celebrate and honor those who have battled this disease and work to knock it out of the top three cancer killers for good. Hear more from Anita. Read more

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