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.
Mayo Clinic Is First Healthcare System to Offer Cologuard
Mayo Clinic will be the first health system to offer Cologuard, the only FDA-approved noninvasive stool DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. Cologuard will be available to patients through their primary care physicians at Mayo Clinic. ...More
Tailoring Bowel Preps: Patient Activation and Navigation
Research has improved the quality of patient instructions for colon preps, but it’s tough reaching that goal of a high percentage of “excellent” rated colon cleanses. For endoscopy suite staff currently charged with prep improvement projects, concepts like ...More
Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds?
It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us―which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold―may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity. ...More
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Reduces Colorectal-Cancer Incidence, Rate of Death
Among about 100,000 study participants, screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy resulted in a reduced incidence and rate of death of colorectal cancer, compared to no screening, according to a study in the August 13 issue of JAMA. ...More
Growing Human GI Cells May Lead to Personalized Treatments
A method of growing human cells from tissue removed from a patient’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract eventually may help scientists develop tailor-made therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and other GI conditions. ...More
VA Studies How to Improve Screening Rates for African Americans
According to researchers in California, African Americans’ participation in colorectal cancer screening is low and the use of colonoscopy infrequent despite similar access to care across races in a Veterans Affairs healthcare system. The researchers also found that ...More
Progress Made on Early Test for Colon Cancer
The groundbreaking scientific studies featured at the 2014 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo this week will include research on a new test to diagnose colon cancer early. The meeting is hosted by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. ...More
Children's Hospital Starts Center for Complex Colorectal Issues
Nationwide Children’s Hospital has established a Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction, with internationally-known colorectal surgeon Marc Levitt, MD at the helm. ...More
Scientists Identify Proteins Involved in Crohn's Disease
University of Delaware researchers have identified a protein, hiding in plain sight, that acts like a bodyguard to help protect and stabilize another key protein, that when unstable, is involved in Crohn’s disease. The fundamental research points to a possible pathway ...More
Bowel Prep Update: Change on the Horizon?
. From prep type, to prep timing, to troubleshooting problems during prep consumption, a successful purge makes for a medical trifecta: happy endoscopist, happy endo suite staff, and a happy, better-served patient with a good shot at preventing colorectal cancer (CRC). ...More