Archive for June, 2010
In 2006, rural British Columbian Susan Snow was given mere months to live. Today, she is cancer-free and keeping the promise she made to help others who have been given the diagnosis. “Your journey should leave a trail for others to follow,” she says. Last week ago, Susan opened the Orchard Barn Wellness Centre, a place of support and discussion for patients of all cancers.
The centre, located on her picturesque Erickson, BC cherry farm, houses literature on nutrition, cancer, and general health and wellness, including extensive materials from the CCAC and the BC Cancer Agency. The barn was transformed from a studio for Susan’s artwork to a comfortable, inviting atmosphere where patients can discuss their treatment journeys and receive crucial psychosocial support. “Illness is a mind and body experience, and we hope to gather interest and support from both conventional and non-conventional practitioners. Conquering illness is a balance between these two.”
Susan is also one of the many dedicated members of the CCAC Cancer Coach Program, a network of trained volunteers who work to provide emotional support and help patients navigate the healthcare system. Her wellness centre has now joined the ranks of the many diverse fundraising and support projects being completed by our Cancer Coaches across Canada, including the Kick Butt fundraising run in Winnipeg or the Slo Pitch Tournament for Hope and Awareness in Edmonton.
If you would like to be put in touch with a Cancer Coach, please call us at 1-877-50-COLON or email email@example.com.. All inquiries remain confidential.
Susan invites everyone to send her a message at firstname.lastname@example.org to join their mailing list, and looks forward to announcing the formation of specific support groups in the weeks and months to come. The Orchard Barn Wellness Centre will be a beautiful place to heal!
Described by some as radical and others as merely progressive, HIPEC is a hot topic for some oncologists.
In late April of this year, the CCAC conducted a highly successful and effective meeting with some of the country’s most influential surgical oncologists, and we are pleased to announce that the formation of the Canadian HIPEC Collaborative Group was a result of this meeting. The consensus statement generated at the meeting is scheduled to be publicized in medical oncology journals and posted on the CCAC website in fall of 2010. We are confident that this group will become a world leader in research and data capture on the subject of the treatment!
During the fascinating HIPEC treatment procedure, the patient’s abdomen is opened surgically and a heated sterile solution of chemotherapy (such as mitomycin c, cisplatin, 5FU and oxaliplatin) is introduced into the cavity. The organs are continually bathed in the solution for a maximum of two hours. It is especially useful when cancer has spread to the peritoneum, the saran wrap-like lining of the abdomen, because this particular organ receives little blood flow and doesn’t respond well to traditional chemotherapy. The peritoneum is a common metastatic site for colorectal cancer patients.
Click here to read more about HIPEC treatment for peritoneal metastasis.
With hundreds of applications promising everything from neat party tricks to keen organization, the iPhone’s usefulness may have finally outdone itself!
While the upcoming Gyromaniac iPhone application doesn’t really provide a colonoscopy (thankfully), it is a potentially invaluable tool for teaching gastroenterologists and medical students about performing colonoscopies,, and about the various pathologies they may encounter on the monitor.
What else is on the horizon for colon-conscious iPhone users? Rumour has it that Subversus Interactive developer Vishal Srivastava is working on a game that allows you to use the latest iPhone’s gyroscope to manipulate your way through a human colon and other interesting interiors.
Can you think of any ways we could use this kind of technology for the good of patients and caregivers? We would love to hear your suggestions!
Click here to read the original TechCrunch article.
Beating Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer Australia have welcomed the addition of the CCAC, as well as the newly formed Beat Bowel Cancer New Zealand, to the international colorectal cancer alliance known as Bowel Cancer International. We are proud to be partnering with these organizations!
Together, the four charities will lead in the global fight against colorectal cancer, which weekly claims the lives of 320 people in the UK; 73 in Australia; 175 in Canada and 24 in New Zealand. This alliance will make it easier than ever for us to share information and resources, helping each organization in its advocacy efforts and program development
Says CCAC president Barry Stein, “International cooperation bringing together the best information available on colorectal cancer will help to bring about increased awareness in the prevention of the disease and support for patients undergoing treatment. This alliance will help further the role played by patient organizations in obtaining timely access to effective treatments with the goal of improving patient outcomes.”
Click here to read the official press release.
The Giant Colon just returned from Manatoulin Island, Ontario, where it greet 1217 guests! That’s roughly a third of the community’s population, including hundreds of students and their teachers.
Also present were Chief Hazel, Health http://hesca.net/tramadol/ Director Mary Jo Wabano, the principal of Wasse-Abin and many Elders, who were given a tour in Ojibwe. Our visit coincided with Senior Citizens Month. First Nations that live on the Island include Aundeck Omni Kaning (AOK), Sheguindah, Sheshegwaning, Whitefish River, Wikwemikong and M’Chigeeng.
Could this be the start of a whole new leg of the Giant Colon Tour? We hope so! After the cut, enjoy a picture gallery of the many people the Giant Colon educated!
On June 21 at 8:00 p.m. EDT, C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition will be hosting a free web seminar, reporting on findings from Digestive Diseases Week, the Oncology Nursing Society Congress and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.
Speakers include Kim Ryan, Director of Patient Information Services at C3, and Kate Murphy, Director of Research Research Communication at C3 and Manager of the ACOR.org Colon List.
Click here to register for the one-hour session.
Dominique Michel, Québécoise comedian, actress and singer, has received a colon cancer diagnosis at the age of 77.
Born in Sorel-Tracy, the Gemini award-winning star is an Officer of the Order of Canada and was made a Knight in the Ordre national du Québec in 2002. A household name in la belle province, Dominique has starred in numerous television shows and films, has co-hosted the world-famous Just For Laughs festival and is a recurring ingredient in the success of Bye Bye, the wildly popular New Years Eve sketch comedy show. She will be undergoing surgical intervention today.
The CCAC wishes Domonique Michel a healthy treatment journey and continued laughter!
Targeted therapies, a possible alternative to treatments like chemotherapy, have been in the news for a number of years.
While chemo targets and kills any rapidly dividing cell (including hair, nails, lining of the digestive track), targeted therapies are directed at the very proteins that ensure the tumour’s growth or survival, but are not found in normal, healthy cells. The ultimate factor in whether or not these targeted therapies will be successful is whether or not the patient has correct gene mutations for the therapy.
Of course, it’s not as simple as any of us wish to imagine, and recent news confirms that we are still a long way from fully understanding the complex nature of cancerous tumours. For example, experimental drug PLX4032 showed incredible promise in patients suffering from melanoma, but did little to control the growth and survival of colorectal tumours with the same mutations. Click here to read more about the initial trial.
Back in February, the New York Times ran a three-part video series called A Rollercoaster Chase for a Cure, which followed four metastatic cancer patients as they participated in clinical trials for targeted therapies. It’s worth a watch, especially for the heartfelt way the third video addresses the management of patient expectations in clinical trial settings.
You’ve likely grown up hearing about the Canada’s Food Guide, but did you know that it’s now available in ten additional languages? Or that each individual province has its own set of resources to help you eat nutritiously and maintain a healthy weight?
- In addition to the HealthLink site, British Colombians can connect with a Registered Dietitian by dialing 8-1-1, or 7-1-1 for the hearing impaired.
- The province of Alberta maintains its own site concerned with nutrition and exercise: www.healthyalberta.com. It includes condition-specific guidelines for healthy eating.
- Saskatchewan’s Healthline has very in-depth section on weight management and nutrition, as well as testimonials from real Saskatchewanians.
- Manitoba offers healthy eating guidelines for adults and senior citizens, including a helpful guide to reading nutrition labels.
- Ontario residents can visit eatrightontario.ca, or speak with a Registered Dietician by calling 1-877-510-5102. The service is available in English, French and over 100 other languages.
- Quebec’s diet and nutrition site has a wealth of information, including a separate site for all your concerns regarding diabetes and comprehensive information relating to nutrition in pregnancy. In French only.
- New Brunswick’s program, Healthy Eating Physical Activity Coalition (HEPAC, or CSAAP en français) hosts web seminars and has a comprehensive links list for educating members of your school, workplace or household.
- Nova Scotia’s Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention site has a section with healthy eating links, and you may also be interested in 2005’s Healthy Eating Nova Scotia strategy.
- Newfoundland has a section on their provincial site dedicated to healthy eating links. You may also be interested in perusing a report entitled Eating Healthier in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Islanders can benefit from educational resources and health-conscious recipes provided by Prince Edward Island’s Healthy Eating Alliance.
- The Yukon’s nutrition site has a number of ideas for healthful eating, including many suggestions for managing the dietary needs of school-age children.
- Nunavut has released Nutrition in Nunavut: A Framework for Action, as well as its territory-specific Healthy Eating in Nunavut guide.
- The Northwest Territories hosts a page on Healthy Eating/Active Living, with links based on your age group’s needs.
For additional guidelines, consult the CCAC’s nutritional guide to decrease your colorectal cancer risk!
You may also be interested in finding a Registered Dietitian near you.