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  1. FDA Approves New Colon Cancer Drug

    Sept. 27, 2006 -- The FDA today approved a new drug called Vectibix to help treat colorectal cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Vectibix is to be given by IV following standard chemotherapy treatment. The FDA put Vectibix on its fast track for approval after the drug showed effective

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  2. Warning on Colon Cancer Drug Avastin

    Sept. 26, 2006 -- The label of colon cancer drug Avastin has been updated to note rare cases of a brain capillary leak syndrome and nasal septum perforation. Capillaries are small blood vessels. Nasal septum perforation refers to holes in the cartilage forming part of the nasal septum, which separat

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  3. Test May Predict Genetic Colon Cancer

    Sept. 26, 2006 -- A new quiz may show the odds of getting Lynch syndrome, an inherited form of colon cancer. The 22-question quiz, described in The Journal of the American Medical Association, focuses on personal and family medical history. The researchers created the quiz to help screen people at r

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  4. Protein Reveals Colon Cancer Prognosis

    Sept. 14, 2006 (Chicago) -- By measuring levels of a protein in tumor cells, doctors may be able to predict which people with colorectal cancer will survive five years or more, researchers say. Their study showed that levels of the protein called thymidylate synthase (TS) within two separate compart

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  5. Exercise May Cut Men's Colon Cancer

    Sept. 12, 2006 -- By starting an exercise program, men may slash their risk of colon polyps and colon cancer. That news comes from researchers including Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, of Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. "Vigorous exercise was helpful for men of any size, as long as they w

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  6. New Ways to Diagnose Colon Cancer

    If you've been putting off having a colonoscopy out of fear or dread, take heart: New advances are helping make this test faster and much easier to endure. Durado Brooks, MD, director of Colorectal Cancer for the American Cancer Society, tells WebMD that "most people no longer experience any signifi

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  7. Celebrex: Colon Benefit, Heart Risk

    Aug. 30, 2006 -- Celebrex lowers the risk that precancerous colon polyps will grow back -- but ups the risk of serious heart trouble, two large studies show. The bottom line: Celebrex's heart risks outweigh its polyp prevention benefit for the average person. That's the opinion of Bruce M. Psaty, MD

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  8. Chemical in Curry May Cut Colon Cancer

    Aug. 2, 2006 -- An ingredient found in many curries may help prevent colon cancer cancer. A small clinical trial showed the food chemicals reduced the size and number of precancerous growths in the intestinal tract. If left untreated, such growths commonly lead to colon cancer. The experimental comb

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  9. Exercise Boosts Colon Cancer Survival

    July 14, 2006 -- Regular exercise may help colon cancer cancer survivors beat their disease for good. New research suggests people who have been treated for colon cancer can reduce their risk of the cancer coming back, and improve their odds of survival, by as much as 50% by engaging in regular exer

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  10. Colon Cancer Screening Needs Follow-Up

    June 9, 2006 -- More than 40% of people with a positive result on initial stool tests fail to get the necessary follow-up colon cancer screening needed to diagnose the disease. A new study shows that 41% of Veteran's Administration (VA) patients who received a positive result on a fecal occult blood

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