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Survivor Week 2016: Spirituality & Survivorship

Posted on June 1, 2016

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This post is a part of the weeklong #LiveBrave series in celebration of Survivors Week

Colon cancer survivors can find comfort in many things: some take up relaxing hobbies, some join support groups and others dedicate themselves to advocacy issues. However for some survivors, spirituality plays a significant role in their new lives.

Although spirituality can take many forms and mean different things to different people, having a spiritual life can be beneficial no matter the practice. And being spiritual doesn’t always mean being religious.

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Survivor Week 2016: Tackling Finances

Posted on May 31, 2016

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This post is a part of the weeklong #LiveBrave series in celebration of Survivor Week.

In addition to the physical and emotional toll a colon cancer diagnosis can have, it can also be a financial burden. In fact, medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States, and we often get calls on our Helpline from patients and survivors with questions and concerns about money.

These concerns are so common that “financial toxicity” is now often explicitly listed as a side effect of cancer care. Financial toxicity refers to the money-related difficulties that can lead people to avoid or delay care, as well as the stress that can lead to mental and physical health problems—potentially as harmful, or more harmful, as chemotherapy itself.

Fortunately, there are many resources, programs and organizations that can provide financial assistance or advice—there’s even some ways you can save while in treatment.

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Young and Brave: Looking Back to Move Forward

Posted on May 24, 2016

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In 1998, Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) published an article looking at colon cancer in patients 40 years and younger. This study surveyed 64 patients to identify risk factors and survival outcomes in this population.  

Researchers saw common symptoms included bleeding, pain and weight loss. Additionally, risk factors, such as inflammatory bowel disease and family history of colorectal cancer and/or polyps, were seen in almost half of the number of patients. Researchers previously thought that in order for young patients to develop colorectal cancer, they would have to have these known risk factors. However, this study proved over 40 percent of the patients did not present any of these risk factors. In terms of survival, the strongest indicator was cancer stage at diagnosis; 50 percent of patients presented cancers at advanced stages. 

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The Colon Cancer Alliance Co-authors Paper on Hereditary Cancer Risk

Posted on May 19, 2016

Family

Do you know your family’s health history? It’s important to ask your parents, grandparents and siblings whether they’ve had colorectal cancer or polyps during a screening.

When it comes to colorectal cancer, about 1 in 4 patients have a family history of colon cancer that could suggest a genetic and/or hereditary factor.

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Into the Weeds: What You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana & CRC Part III

Posted on May 18, 2016

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While the use of marijuana has been around for thousands of years, it has only become legal in 24 states and the District of Columbia within recent history. As more states continue to approve marijuana for medical purposes, it’s important to separate the myths from the facts surrounding this drug.

This blog is the third in this series. Read Part I and Part II.

Research Studies

Cannabis research policies vary across the world. For example, Canada and the Netherlands have government-run programs in which specialized companies supply quality-controlled herbal cannabis. The Czech Republic, Israel, Canada and the Netherlands have government-sponsored research programs. 

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