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An Important Question to Ask Before Starting 5-FU: Am I DPD Deficient?

Posted on February 9, 2016

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5-FU (5Fluorouracil) is one of the most common chemotherapies on the market. It is often used to treat cancers of the breast, stomach, pancreas, colon, rectum, head and neck and is given through an IV or infusion. Approved in 1950, it has been the primary treatment for colorectal cancer for more than 60 years. Read more

CDX2: A Promising New Marker for Stage II & III

Posted on February 9, 2016

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In a study published last month in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers identified a new marker for recurrence in stage II and stage III colon cancer. We sat down with Dr. Laura Porter to breakdown this new marker, the study, and what this news could mean for you. Read more

What You Need to Know About Processed Meat, Red Meat and Cancer Risk Pt. 2

Posted on November 13, 2015

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In Part 1 of our “What You Need to Know About Processed Meat, Red Meat and Cancer Risk” series, Oncology Dietitian Rhone Levin broke down the International Agency for Research on Cancer and World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent report “Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat” (which found positive links between consuming red and processed meats and 18 types of cancer) and gave some of examples of processed meats, read meats and protein alternatives.

Now, we’re discussing reducing your cancer risk and ways to incorporate more plant foods.

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What You Need to Know About Processed Meat, Red Meat and Cancer Risk Pt. 1

Posted on November 10, 2015

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You’ve probably heard the news on the International Agency for Research on Cancer and World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent report “Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat,” which found positive links between consuming red and processed meats and 18 types of cancer.

The organization concluded there is enough evidence to place processed meats into the “Carcinogenic to Humans” category, which is the highest class of cancer causing agents (the same category as cigarettes). Additionally, there’s also evidence that eating red meats may cause cancer, as they were assigned to the “Probably Carcinogenic to Humans” group.

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Decoding the Vitamin D Story: What You Need to Know

Posted on November 6, 2015

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It seems like there is a new study about vitamin D’s effects on colon cancer every few months, with each one arriving at different conclusions about whether it is helpful. The latest is a large clinical trial of vitamin D and calcium for the prevention of colorectal polyps. This trial randomly assigned 2,259 people with a history of polyps to receive one of the following:

  • 1,000 units of vitamin D3
  • 1,200 mg of calcium carbonate
  • Both
  • Placebo once a day for 3-5 years

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