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Age 39 + Trying Keytruda, the Newest FDA-Approved Drug

Posted on May 22, 2017

Aliscia Krecisz was only 39 when she was diagnosed. For years she was told her symptoms were only a result of her colitis and she was too young for colorectal cancer, only to find out she had advanced stage disease. Thanks to her doctor and the Colon Cancer Alliance, she was able to get her tumor tested and, because of her genetic status as MSI-H, she was enrolled into an immunotherapy treatment and has been responding well. Since being diagnosed, she has become passionate about advocating for those diagnosed under 50 as well as the importance of getting second (or third or fourth!) opinions.  Read more

In Memoriam: Remembering Pam W.

Posted on May 17, 2017

Our friend and volunteer Pam Weyant died on April 14th after living with active disease for 7 ½ years.

Pam was loving and real. She was a wonderful mother to her two boys whom she loved more than anything. She was so very proud of all they had accomplished. While spending time with Pam I came to realize many called her Mama Weyant, she took care of everyone around her. She was school librarian for 30+ years and a supporter of students and teachers. Read more

5 Tips for Cancer Patients if You Struggle with Survivor Guilt

Posted on May 16, 2017

Recently, we asked our Facebook community if they’ve experienced what’s known as “survivor guilt” and how they cope with the myriad of challenges beyond the physical that come with having cancer.

Survivor’s guilt can range from questions of “Why me?” and “Why did I survive?” to depression and even suicidal thoughts. Some may try to make sense of why they survived and others didn’t, while some people may feel guilty about the changes their families are going through. In its more extreme forms, survivor’s guilt is called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Read more

Kendra’s Story: From Newlywed to Newly Diagnosed to Undy Rockstar Volunteer

Posted on May 12, 2017

Still a young newlywed when she started experiencing symptoms, Kendra Mitchell finally saw a doctor after admitting she was having issues to her husband. Thanks to his encouragement, they were able to catch her cancer early and she has been NED since 2014. Since her diagnosis, she has gone all-in for the upcoming Denver Undy Run/Walk as one of our rockstar volunteer Undy Engagement Committee members. She shared her story with us as well as why she’s excited for the race in June. Read more

The importance of clinical trial awareness

Posted on May 8, 2017

Last week was the third annual Clinical Trial Awareness Week, during which the Coalition for Clinical Trials Awareness promoted clinical trials and efforts to make them more know among the general public. New healthcare technologies need clinical trials before they’re available as treatment options, so the importance of the studies cannot be overstated. As part of their efforts, the CCTA hosted a Health Policy Roundtable at the US Capitol Visitor’s Center, during which attendees, including the Colon Cancer Alliance, heard about the ways that the federal government can raise the public’s awareness of the benefits of clinical trials. Read more