Colon Cancer (Colorectal Cancer)
Colorectal cancer is the third most-common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States, according to the Colon Cancer Alliance. Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine, whereas rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of the colon. Together, they're referred to as colorectal cancers and often start as benign polyps that could be removed easily through colonoscopy.
Financial Burden Common for Colorectal Cancer Patients
Nearly two-thirds of patients treated for colorectal cancer reported some measure of financial burden due to their treatment, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. ...More
Study Explores Way to Treat Endometrial, Colon Cancers
Scientists love acronyms. In the quest to solve cancer’s mysteries, they come in handy when describing tongue-twisting processes and pathways that somehow allow tumors to form and thrive. Two examples are ERK (extracellular-signal-related kinase) and JNK (c-June ...More
Supersensitive Device May Detect Cancers 'Extremely Early'
Extremely early detection of cancers and other diseases may be on the horizon with a supersensitive nanodevice being developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in collaboration with The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) in Greensboro, ...More
Hormone Loss Could Be Involved in Colon Cancer
Some cancers, like breast and prostate cancer, are driven by hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, but to date, there are none that are driven by the lack of a hormone. New evidence suggests that human colon cells may become cancerous when they lose the ability to ...More
Access to Minimally Invasive Colon-Cancer Surgery Varies by Location
Where patients live in the country may determine whether they Where patients live in the country may determine whether they receive minimally invasive colon cancer surgery.receive minimally invasive colon cancer surgery. ...More
Chemical in Peppers May Inhibit Colon Tumors
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that dietary capsaicin—the active ingredient in chili peppers—produces chronic activation of a receptor on cells lining the intestines of mice, triggering a reaction that ultimately ...More
Big Increase in Surgeon Training for da Vinci Colorectal Surgery
A record number of U.S. colorectal surgeons received hands-on training this month using the da Vinci Surgical System at the fourth-annual Colorectal Fellowship Training Program, sponsored by Intuitive Surgical. Intuitive Surgical hosted 88 residents this year, up from nine ...More
Cells Eating Poison: A Method for Killing Colon Cancer
These days, cancer researchers aim to design targeted and specific therapy—those that kill cancer but spare the surrounding tissue. Immunotoxins, which use cancer-targeted antibodies linked to deadly toxins such as ricin, are one such therapy. However, few have ...More
Should Medicare Cover Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage?
The evidence standard that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) used to approve Medicare coverage of a stool DNA colorectal cancer (CRC) screening test, under a new joint approval process with the Food and Drug Administration, should be applied to CT ...More
ASGE Supports New Screening Program for Health Centers
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), is a partner in the new NCCRT program aimed at improving colorectal cancer screening rates and access to specialty care in community health centers. ...More