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One Child With Cancer Is Too Many

Posted on September 30, 2013

My son, Robert Stephen Gilmore, is now 16 years old and faced his second malignancy last year.

At three years old, he was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma (brain cancer) on February 24, 2000. He underwent chemo and radiation at Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

After 12 years of survivorship, he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer last summer – rare in children. Read more

Fighting Cancer: The Importance of Social Support

Posted on September 26, 2013

This week, a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology told us that social support can have a seriously positive impact on early detection, treatment and even survival of cancer. Makes sense, right? Having someone who advocates for you, encourages you to be proactive about your health, offers advice and extends a hand to hold or shoulder to cry on  is helpful. This study got us thinking about our My CCA Support Online Community. Read more

Get There: National Conference Countdown Is ON

Posted on September 24, 2013

The Colon Cancer Alliance National Conference kicks off in just over two weeks – wowzers! In all the crunch-time craziness, we’re getting pretty darn excited about meeting with all of you, not to mention the inspiring and informative sessions we’ve got planned. To give you a taste of what’s in store, Dr. Whitney Jones, gastroenterologist and Colon Cancer Prevention Project founder, sheds some light on what he’ll be talking about and why this conference is down-right stellar for patients, caregivers and medical professionals alike! Read more

In the News: Generic Xeloda Approved

Posted on September 20, 2013

You might have seen in the news: this week, the FDA approved the first generic version of capecitabine (Xeloda to most of us), an oral chemotherapy pill used to treat breast and colon cancers.

So what does this mean? Basically, when generic versions of drugs become available to the masses, it can mean better access for patients. We all know – brand-name drugs can be VERY pricey, sometimes so much so that people who need the drug can’t even afford it. The good news: typically, generic forms of drugs cost significantly less than the brand-name equivalents and still provide the same effectiveness. Read more

Virtual Colonoscopy: A Less Invasive Alternative?

Posted on September 12, 2013

The ugly truth: the process of a traditional colonoscopy is pretty darn unappealing. The prep (yuk!) and idea of a scope being inserted you-know-where doesn’t set people running to the doctor – in fact, it makes some people run the other direction. But we know colon cancer screenings are essential to nipping colon cancer in the bud (or butt…) before it starts. Could CT (virtual) colonoscopy be the answer to tearing down this potential barrier to screening? Read more