Fight CRC
July 2012
Greetings!

Fight Colorectal Cancer is proud to bring you our monthly e-newsletter. 

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Thanks, and have a great summer.

The Fight Colorectal Cancer team
Photo: Washington Post
The Supreme Court's decision in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means that more Americans will have access to colorectal cancer screening, won't be denied insurance coverage for preexisting conditions and will no longer have lifetime or annual limits on their health care costs. 

Patients had less pain using drug in clinical trial

Your Brain After Chemo Patients who suffer from pain, tingling and numbness in their feet and hands after treatment with Eloxatin (oxaliplatin) may find a remedy with Cymbalta, a drug prescribed to treat depression.  
 
Results from a Phase III clinical trial with Cymbalta were the first to show any drug effective in minimizing peripheral neuropathy caused by chemotherapy. 

African American Colon Cancer Survivors Needed for Health Care Study
 
African American colon cancer survivors are needed for a research study that will test a web-based nutrition and physical activity program. 

 

To qualify applicants must:
  • Be African-American
  • Be between the ages of 40 - 79
  • Have been diagnosed with stage I or II colon cancer more than 6 months ago
  • Have successfully completed treatment   
  • Have access to the Internet

For more information, please call 1-877-277-7746 or email info@ewellnessnc.org. The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute and conducted by the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Undertreatment of cancer pain is common

Elderly cancer patients with severe pain were more likely to tough it out and not fill their prescription for painkillers, a Canadian study found
 
Senior patients may be more afraid of side effects and should be closely monitored by their doctors, the study showed.  
 
Anyone suffering from serious cancer pain should get relief. Contact the Fight Colorectal Cancer Answer Line at 1-877-427-2111 or through our webform for more information.
First Descents empowers young cancer survivors

For a young adult, a cancer diagnosis can feel like life has been interrupted.

An organization called First Descents creates outdoor adventure programs designed to renew the spirit and confidence of young cancer survivors and empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis. 
 
The program is offered to adults ages 18-39 and focuses on outdoor challenges, including rockclimbing, kayaking and surfing. And it's FREE. Find out more.
'I'm No Miracle' Campaign Supports Cancer Research
Ad reminds that research is the key to fighting cancer

I'm No Miracle
"I'm No Miracle" is an advertising campaign launched by One Voice Against Cancer, a coalition of over 40 cancer advocacy groups including Fight Colorectal Cancer, to encourage Congress to protect funding for precious research and breakthroughs in cancer.
 
Cancer funding is in jeopardy in this budget-cutting environment, even though most Americans say medical research should not be on the chopping block.

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In This Issue
Fight Colorectal Cancer's Monthly Patient Webinars
Treating Late Stage Colorectal Cancer
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
8 - 9:30 PM EDT

Hospice vs Palliative Care
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
8 - 9:30 PM EDT

Sex After Rectal Cancer
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
8 - 9:30 PM EDT

Advocates Take Action
Patient advocates are the foot soldiers in our fight against colorectal cancer. Volunteers like Suzanne Lindley and her website, Beat Liver Tumors, gives readers hope and generates awareness about life with Stage IV colorectal cancer.
 
Marcia Mullins in West Virginia has used her personal battle to galvanize family and friends to participate in Relay for Life races and setting up a booth to pass out pins, wristbands and life-saving information.
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Fight Colorectal Cancer's Summer 2012 Newsletter Now Online!



In the Summer Issue
  • Reclaiming - and Renewing - Your Life After a Cancer Diagnosis
  • Life Coach Offers Tips for Moving On 
  • Budget Cuts Threaten Cancer Prevention Programs 
Fight Colorectal Cancer demands a cure for colon and rectal cancer. We educate and support patients and caregivers, push for changes in policy that will increase and improve research, and empower survivors to raise their voices against the status quo.
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