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  1. Colon Cancer's Spread Often Unchecked

    Sept. 9, 2008 -- More than 60% of U.S. hospitals flunk minimum guidelines for checking to see if colon cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, a national "report card" shows. If you have surgery to remove colon cancer, successful treatment depends on doctors knowing whether the cancer has spread beyon

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  2. Colorectal Cancer Gene Mutation Found

    Aug. 14, 2008 -- Scientists at Ohio State University and Northwestern University have discovered a gene mutation that may make colorectal cancer almost nine times more likely. "This probably accounts for more colorectal cancers than all other gene mutations discovered thus far," states Northwestern

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  3. Tony Snow Dies of Colon Cancer

    July 12, 2008 -- Tony Snow, former White House press secretary and political commentator, died Saturday of colon cancer. Snow, who was 53 years old, had been undergoing chemotherapy to treat a recurrence of his colon cancer, according to CNN, where Snow most recently worked. Snow died at 2 a.m. Satu

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  4. Vitamin D May Up Colon Cancer Survival

    June 18, 2008 -- Abundant levels of vitamin D may help patients with colon cancer live longer. Researchers with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health have found that patients with colon cancer who were among the top 25% in levels of vitamin D before being diagnosed

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  5. Colon Cancer Survival Has Family Link

    June 3, 2008 -- Advanced colon cancer patients with a family history of the disease are more likely to be cured with treatment than patients with no family link, new research suggests. Compared to patients with no family history, those with relatives who've had colorectal cancer were less likely to

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  6. Gene Testing Predicts Response to Erbitux

    June 2, 2008 (Chicago) -- For the first time, doctors have used a molecular test to pinpoint which people with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer are most likely to benefit from the targeted therapy Erbitux. The findings bring cancer doctors one step closer to their goal of personalized medicine, in

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  7. Earlier Colon Cancer Screening?

    May 15, 2008 -- On your 50th birthday, you'll get a present from your doctor -- a referral to colon cancer screening, preferably by colonoscopy. But a new study suggests this gift might do more good if it arrives years earlier. Most people don't get colon cancer before they're 60. Although colon can

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  8. Colonoscopy Prep Worse Than Procedure

    May 16, 2008 -- Preparing for colonoscopy is more uncomfortable than the procedure itself, a new poll shows. In colonoscopy, a doctor guides a thin, flexible tube capped with a tiny camera through the colon to look for tumors or other abnormalities. Colonoscopy or other colon cancer screening tests

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  9. Drug Combo Stops Recurrent Colon Polyps

    April 15, 2008 (San Diego) -- A combination of the targeted anticancer agent DFMO and the antiarthritis drug sulindac reduces the risk of recurrent colon polyps by up to 95%, researchers report. Importantly, the combination was associated with less toxicity than chemotherapy, says study head Frank M

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  10. Avastin May Stop Rectal Cancer Spread

    April 15, 2008 (San Diego) -- Adding the cancer drug Avastin to standard treatment stopped cancer spread in 22 of 24 patients with rectal tumors, researchers report. The patients were given Avastin, chemotherapy, and radiation prior to surgery to have their tumors removed. Three years later, all the

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