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***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2018

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:46 pm
by garbovatwin
Countdown to the 2018 News Thread has begun.
May all YOUR news be GOOD.

For many of us, be it due to our busy schedules or our demanding treatment and surgeries, we can so easily miss out on a story that we could have/should have seen.

So, here you have it, an ONGOING News Thread where everyone can and probably should consider posting any news stories they deem important, RATHER than adding them to the general support topic thread, where they will clutter up and at times bury important posts for advice and support from fellow CRC members and family.

Please try to post THE LINK TO THE NEWS STORY ONLY to avoid any issues with re-posting copyrighted material.

Just click on the POST REPLY BUTTON
PASTE the link in the body of the post
PASTE the title in SUBJECT box

Good health and happiness to all.


Re: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2018

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:49 pm
by CRguy
Yet again, we thank you for all your work in keeping us up to date with recent events !
We have made this topic a "sticky" to keep it where everyone will know where to find it.

Once the year ends, we let the old News Topic float back down the page.
Previous ONGOING News Topics can be found here 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

ALL Members please note that although garbovatwin authors much of this topic... it is definitely for all members to use, so please keep it active, as instructed in the previous posting.

Best wishes to everyone for 2018


Colon Cancer often Misdiagnosed in Young Patients

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:53 pm
by O Stoma Mia
Colon Cancer often Misdiagnosed in Young Patients

    "The results showed that 82% were initially misdiagnosed, and 73% presented with late-stage disease. Additionally, 71% received a colon cancer diagnosis, 20% received a rectal cancer diagnosis, 67% saw at least two doctors before receiving a cancer diagnosis, 62% had no family history of CRC, and 15% said an ER visit led to a colonoscopy and their CRC diagnosis."

Bacterial link to some colon cancer progression

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:55 pm
by GrouseMan
Recent discussion of Bacterial link to some colon cancer progression particularly in Mets where there is preliminary evidence that there may be a causal effect. This has implications for ones microbiome!

First is a discussion from one of the Blogs I read every day In the Pipeline: ... ent-288175

The article referred to is here:

and some further research on my part found a publication on this same subject from 4 years ago.



New info on stopping cancer growth and mets

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:18 pm
by CRguy
Caitlin Miron has found something huge: A week ago she was honoured for discovering a chemical compound with the ability to prevent cancer growth, but it could also have significant applications in halting the spread of HIV, too. In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Canada News, the Ontario PhD student revealed why her discovery could be more far-reaching — for everything from HIV to Zika — than originally reported.

Canadian PhD student makes groundbreaking cancer discovery

Hospitals Wrestle With Shortage of IV Bags, Linked to Hurricane

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:47 pm
by NHMike
Hospitals Wrestle With Shortage of IV Bags, Linked to Hurricane
Health officials worry about responding to flu cases after Baxter International’s plants were damaged

The U.S. is facing a nationwide shortage of intravenous bags just as flu cases accelerate, forcing many hospitals to use more time-consuming ways to administer drugs and to weigh a halt on elective procedures and clinical trials.

Some hospital officials said they have only a day or two of supplies and worry whether they would be able to handle an influx of patients as the influenza virus ramps up. Forty-six states are seeing widespread flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, putting this year on par with 2014-15, which was the most severe flu season in recent years. ... 1515349271 (note that there is a paywall to read it)

ABC Version of the story: ... erto-rico/

After bowel cancer, I understand why people are tempted to reject treatment

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:51 pm
by Maggie Nell
I consider myself a man of science. I was trained as a scientist, have worked as a science communicator and am now studying to become a doctor.

But at the age of 28, I was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer and told I needed aggressive treatments ... nt/8509878

Prep-free capsule for colorectal cancer receives CE mark

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:13 am
by O Stoma Mia
Prep-free capsule for colorectal cancer screening receives CE mark

C-Scan is an ingestible, ultra-low dose X-ray capsule combined with a wireless tracking system, which generates structural information on the lumen of the colon. It allows physicians to identify pre-cancerous polyps and other abnormalities by helping to create 2D and 3D maps of the colon, according to the press release.

Blood Test Shows Promise for Early Colorectal Cancer Detection

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:17 pm
by O Stoma Mia
Blood Test Shows Promise for Early Colorectal Cancer Detection
Liquid biopsy that identifies circulating tumor cells in a blood sample has high accuracy for detecting colorectal cancer (CRC), according to a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, held from January 18 to 20 in San Francisco.

Early detection of 8 different cancers including CRC

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:58 pm
by CRguy
Researchers have developed a blood test that can detect the presence of eight common cancers. Called CancerSEEK, the blood test detects tiny amounts of DNA and proteins released into the blood stream from cancer cells. This can then indicate the presence of ovarian, liver, stomach, pancreatic, oesophageal, bowel, lung or breast cancers.

A new blood test can detect eight different cancers in their early stages

Intestinal ultrasounds may replace colonoscopies

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:51 am
by CRguy
New technology being made available at a few centers in Canada.
Thousands of Sask. patients could benefit from new technology replacing colonoscopies

Re: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2018

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:29 am
by Maggie Nell
Salutogenesis ( a word that Antonovsky coined) is the opposite of pathogenesis, in that rather
than asking “what is wrong with this person?”, it approaches health as an issue of what is needed for this person to be more healthy?

These foods may up your odds for colon cancer

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:40 am
by O Stoma Mia
These foods may up your odds for colon cancer
...These foods all increase inflammation in your body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major health studies... Baxter noted that the people with the highest risk of colon cancer were the outliers in the study — the one-fifth of participants who were consistently eating a lot of foods that promote inflammation.

Re: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2018

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:40 pm
by NHMike
​WSJ: Chemotherapy, a Trusty Weapon Against Cancer, Falls Out of Favor

Many oncologists are shunning chemo as risky and ineffective at combating some early-stage breast tumors. Traditionally, the majority of women with invasive breast cancer were treated with some combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

A shift to less chemotherapy or none at all, called “de-escalation,” is being hailed by some as revolutionary, following what some doctors see as years of overtreatment with drugs that may have harmed more than helped. Proponents of de-escalation say chemotherapy—the use of chemical agents to treat the disease—should be used only when it appears likely to reduce the chances of the cancer spreading. ... 1517242200
(It's behind a paywall so you'd need a subscription or some other method to read the whole article)

Fear of Cancer Recurrence: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:45 pm
by CRguy
Oncology Journal Volume: 32, Issue: 1

Fear of Cancer Recurrence: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

Abstract / Synopsis:

With increasing cancer survival, fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) is becoming a prominent clinical issue. FCR is prevalent, distressing, and long-lasting, and can negatively impact patients’ quality of life, use of health services, and adherence to follow-up recommendations. Novel targeted therapies may increase risk of FCR because of longer treatment duration and follow-up, increased prognostic precision, and omission of treatment based on genomic status. Oncologists can assess and screen for FCR using validated measures; provide adequate information about prognosis, signs and symptoms of recurrence, and behavioral strategies for risk reduction and follow-up; and warn patients and families that FCR may be an issue in survivorship. It is important to normalize FCR and encourage patients to discuss it if it is a concern. Patients with severe FCR should be referred to psycho-oncology staff, who can apply some of the novel psychotherapeutic interventions that have emerged to address this condition.