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7 Tips for Managing a Cancer Diagnosis

Posted on December 29, 2014

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As a stage IV colon cancer survivor, Randy Cox has been a volunteer and Buddy with the Colon Cancer Alliance since April 2012. We’re inspired by Randy because even while struggling with ongoing treatment, he continues to reach out to the community with his story in an effort to save lives and improve treatment for colon cancer patients. His willingness to help with any volunteer opportunity has been touching to the Colon Cancer Alliance, and his strength has been a pillar of hope for newly diagnosed patients all over the country. From one patient to another, Randy put together this list of 7 ways to maintain your sanity in the face of a cancer diagnosis. Read more

Managing Nutrition-Related Side Effects During the Holidays

Posted on December 3, 2014

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December is typically filled with holiday festivities and family events. And while these activities can be fun and exciting, they also tend to revolve around food – and lots of it. For someone dealing with colon cancer, all of this holiday food can be daunting. Many times, cancer treatment can affect appetite and lead to other side effects that may affect your ability to eat. If you’re dealing with negative side effects during the holidays, check out these tips for managing them. Read more

Tips for Safe, Healthy Holiday Cooking

Posted on November 12, 2014

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During the holidays, food often takes center stage. Large meals and gatherings, however, can present challenges to colon cancer patients undergoing treatment. First of all, safe food handling is important during this time of year, simply because we’re often eating food prepared by friends are family members and also consuming more leftovers from holiday gatherings. Because cancer patients can be at an increased risk for a suppressed immune system, it is even more important to be aware that your holiday food is handled safely. Read more

“Don’t be embarrassed, everybody poops!”

Posted on November 5, 2014

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For National Health Education Week on October 20-24, 2014, we asked you: what is the #1 thing you want the world to know about colon cancer?  You shared some truly inspirational stories and information – thank you! Check out some of the top responses and continue the conversation. Read more

Update: Cologuard Stool DNA Screening Test

Posted on October 31, 2014

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This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final National Coverage Decision for Cologuard, making it the first FDA-approved stool DNA test for the detection of colon cancer and precancer covered for Medicare patients throughout the country. This came after the exciting US FDA approval of Cologuard in August. You may have heard some buzz earlier this week about Cologuard’s availability to the public. It turns out some of these facts were incorrect. In order to eliminate any confusion around this new colon cancer screening test, we’re setting the record straight. Check out our updated FAQ to find out what you need to know. Read more

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