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Cancer Moonshot Initiative Fosters Breakthrough Collaboration

Posted on June 29, 2016

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Release of More Current Clinical Trials Data Gives Patients Access to Better Information Faster

Today, we announced our breakthrough collaboration with online patient community Smart Patients on a free Clinical Trials Database and online community for patients with colorectal cancer. These tools use data from www.cancer.gov—made available today by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as part of the Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by Vice President Biden in Washington, DC. Smart Patients was selected by the NCI and the VP’s office to receive early access to this new data in order to provide feedback and incorporate the data into the Smart Patients online patient community.

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BREAKING: USPSTF Responds to Concerns, Releases Final Screening Report

Posted on June 16, 2016

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The Colon Cancer Alliance applauds the final report from the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on screening for colorectal cancer.

First and foremost, the USPSTF has maintained its “A” grade to screening for colorectal cancer; recognizing the high level of certainty that screening reduces colorectal cancer mortality and recommending that adults between the ages of 50 and 75 get timely screening.

Secondly, the final report resolves the concerns we expressed regarding several items in the initial draft report, including labeling some screening methods as “recommended” and others as “alternative.”

We specifically named these tests in our concerns as a major barrier to screening for Americans, and we applaud the USPSTF for widening its inclusion for these newer and proven tests.

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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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Palliative Care Lobby Day 2016

Posted on May 6, 2016

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Maybe you have pain from your cancer. Or maybe it’s from neuropathy or another side effect from chemo. On top of all that, you may be worried and anxious about treatment.

Chronic pain grinds you down and robs you of quality of life. But palliative care can provide help.

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