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How to Improve Your Chances

Posted on June 23, 2016

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One of my daughter’s favorite movies is 21. It’s about some MIT students who use their math skills to improve their chances at blackjack in Las Vegas. Just like the MIT students, callers to the Colon Cancer Alliance’s toll-free helpline (877 422 2030) often want to know how to improve their chances. Having just reached the 12th anniversary of my stage III diagnosis, I started wondering, “Is there anything people can do to tilt the odds of surviving cancer in their favor?” 

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

Posted on May 17, 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 second in this series. Read Part I here.

Cannabis: Does it Cure Cancer?

If there is one common theme in all of the literature and scientific papers, it is that cannabis and cannabinoids enhance the benefits of conventional treatment for side effect management.

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What is Charity Care?

Posted on March 7, 2016

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Medical debt is a growing problem in America. I see it every day in my work as a certified patient navigator and patient advocate here at the Colon Cancer Alliance. Almost 60% of calls to our Helpline have to do with financial need.

As treatments get more specialized and personalized, costs will continue to rise. This financial toxicity is just as dangerous to patients as chemotherapy side effects like neuropathy, rashes, etc. Medical debt is now the leading cause of bankruptcy in America.

One solution to this problem is charity care. Read more

New Study: Recurrence, Proton Pump Inhibitors & Capecitabine

Posted on January 12, 2016

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In a recent observational study published in the journal Clinical Colorectal Cancer, authors found that in patients with early stage colorectal cancer who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and are on monotherapy with capecitabine there is an increase in recurrence (a decrease in recurrence-free survival) but not a difference in overall survival. 

The use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a common treatment for acid reflux and include drugs like Prilosec, Zantac and Prevacid.

This new study echoes a previous finding on patients on monotherapy with capecitabine and who take PPIs for stomach cancer.

Axel Grothey, MD from Mayo Clinic, recommends that until further studies are done, patients who are on PPIs should receive infusional 5FU and not capecitabine, if possible. It is important to talk to your doctor before you make any medical decisions.

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

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