Fight CRC
February 2013

Just one month into 2013, Fight Colorectal Cancer is moving forward with its to-do list. Staff and volunteers have been hard at work laying the foundation for a fantastic year of advocacy, education, and awareness. 
In February, we'll be putting the finishing touches on Call-on Congress. Registration closes Wednesday, February 20th. We'll also be gearing up for March 1, when we'll kickoff Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with a huge event in Times Square, complete with advocates, street marketers, games and activities, and our PSA running on the NASDAQ jumbo trons. 
This month, we're also helping advocates show their blue pride at home. We've provided all the tools to help you ask your elected officials to issue a proclamation in your state or city to declare March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Keep on the lookout for our fresh blog, Twitter and Facebook updates for ways to stay connected and help us move forward.
Washington D.C., March 18-20

Call-on Congress 2013 is just around the corner. Have you registered yet?

Check our website for the latest updates, including the agenda with guest speakers and events planned for your three days in Washington.  

At Call-on Congress, you'll meet members of our Grassroots Action Committee, physicians on the front lines of colorectal cancer research, survivors and families who are fired up to tell their stories, and of course, your Members of Congress and their staff.

Register today and make a real difference in the fight against colorectal cancer.
Fatigue often not reported by patients

Extreme fatigue - the kind that no amount sleep, relaxation or yoga seems to help - affects 80 percent of patients who receive radiation or chemotherapy treatment.
Although it's one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment, it is under-reported according to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Other studies indicate it is a symptom that can improve when it is monitored and treated according to fatigue-care guidelines.
Read more about the study here.
Ask your Governor and Mayor to proclaim March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Advocate Lesa Yancey with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who issued a proclamation in 2012 at her request.
In 2012, 17 states and 4 cities issued proclamations in March regarding Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This year, we need your help to turn all 50 states blue.
Click here for all the tools you need, including a sample cover letter to send to your governor and a checklist to keep track of your work. 
Join us March 1 in Times Square 
Fight Colorectal Cancer Kicks Off a Month of Events 

If you live in the New York City area or you'll be passing through on March 1, join us in Times Square as we kick off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and launch our One Million Strong campaign.
The event will feature games, activities, street marketers and photos with colorectal cancer advocates. You'll also be able to view our new public service announcements on the NASDAQ jumbotrons from March 1 - 7.
Starting in mid-February, our One Million Strong campaign and website will feature stories from patients, families and caregivers affected by colorectal cancer. You'll be able to pledge your commitment to building awareness about colorectal cancer and lending your strength to the one million survivors of colorectal cancer living in the United States. Stay tuned!
Patients with stage IV colorectal cancer who continued to receive Avastin along with second-line chemotherapy treatment survived more than two months longer than patients who continued chemotherapy without Avastin. 

Those results from a Phase III clinical trial led the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve a new use for Avastin, even after it has been used in first-line treatment. Learn more about how the drug works.
More employers only offering high-deductible plans

In 2012, one in three workers with medical insurance had to pay $1,000 out of pocket before their medical costs were covered. 

That number was up from 2006, when only one in 10 workers had a high-deductible plan, according to government statistics.

Overall, the federal government is footing more of the bill for 
healthcare costs, but families are using a higher percentage of their income on medical bills. Read more about the government's spending report here.

Even before they test positive for the flu, high-risk patients should start anti-viral medicines to prevent complications. 

That's the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control. The 2013 flu season started earlier than usual and is turning out to be one of the worst in decades, causing more hospitalizations and deaths, according to government statistics. 

Find out what to do if you have symptoms and how you can shorten your illness. 
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Upcoming Webinars
The Latest in Colorectal Cancer Research
February 19, 2013
8 - 9:30PM EST

In case you missed it, check out January's webinar, Addressing the Financial Burden of Cancer.


Ian Malakoff (standing) poses with his dear friend, Colin Leroy (left, seated). Colin passed away in 2011 from colorectal cancer.
Ian Malakoff (standing) with Colin Leroy 

Ian Malakoff held a brunch in New York City on January 5, 2013 in honor of his dear friend Colin Leroy who died of colorectal cancer in 2011. The brunch raised $15,000 to support Fight Colorectal Cancer's advocacy, research, and patient support efforts. 


Fight Colorectal Cancer congratulates and thanks Ian on an outstanding event and his efforts to continue the fight against a disease that has already taken too many lives. 


If you would like to honor a loved one touched by colorectal cancer and support our mission to get behind a cure, please visit our website to set up a personal fundraising page or email Kerranna@

Get ready for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with our newly stocked online store. We have a variety of t-shirts (including the one pictured above), hats, bracelets, pins and brochures for your events. 
Use the coupon code "ENEWS" to get 10% off your entire order between now and February 28.  

- Have you been diagnosed with stage IV metastatic colorectal cancer?


- Have you been treated with Avastin (bevacizumab)?


- Do you live in the United States?

Fight Colorectal Cancer is partnering with 23andme and Genentech to help researchers u nderstand how genes play a role in a patient's response to treatment for colorectal cancer. 


A clinical trial doesn't have to be your last option. For many patients, it's their first.


Get access to new therapies and to a team of expert physicians and researchers to manage your care.


Fight Colorectal Cancer has partnered with EmergingMed to offer a free matching service. Search for a trial online or call 1-866-278-0392 for more information.





If you or a loved one have questions about symptoms, a recent diagnosis or treatment of colorectal cancer, email or call us on the Fight Colorectal Cancer Answer Line at 877-427-2111. You will speak with a professional trained to answer your questions.  


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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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