Archive for March, 2015

March: National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


Colorectal Cancer– Cancer of the Colon or Rectum

Here is a brief summary of facts about Colorectal Cancer:

  • 3rd most common cancer
  • Most Colorectal cancers develop slowly over many years
  • Colorectal cancer usually starts with colorectal polyps ( Abnormal growths inside the colon or rectum)

Possible Signs and Symptoms:

  • A change in bowel habits
  • Diarrhea, constipation or feeling bowel doesn’t empty completely
  • Blood in stool
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • Weight loss for no reason
  • Feeling very tired

Prevention- Early Detection:

Regular screening is recommended for both men and women once they reach age 50

Advances in Colorectal Cancer:

ASCO ( American Society of Clinical Onocology)  2014 meeting had a new study that shows that a combination of  chemotherapy and certain targeted therapies have been effective for metastatic colorectal cancer. Targeted therapy works by targeting specific genes, proteins or tissue that contribute to the cancer’s growth and survival. Both treatments in this study have chemotherapy but one has the targeted therapy bevacizumab (Avastin) and the other uses the targeted therapy  cetuximab (Erbitux).

Helpful Links for more information:

Also if you haven’t already read these 2 previous posts please go read them!


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