Archive for June, 2011
Pat and Lauren Connors (Dartmouth, NS) brought us on a trip down memory lane with Crunch Out Colon Cancer, a fundraiser inspired by the fabulously campy 8 Minute Abs. This event was put on in memory of Jim Connors, hero and loving father to Pat and Lauren. Jim lost his life to colon cancer.
Why they raised money:
“To keep our father’s legacy—of dedication to his community and to those in need—alive. [T]o spread a message that Colon Cancer is treatable and beatable—when caught early through screening. All proceeds will be shared between the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society.”
How they did it:
Through an abs-athon, of course! Lauren and Pat (and friends!) did a grueling session of 8 minute abs (above) for every $80 raised. With so much community support for the event, we bet their obliques are now anything but weak!
Check out the pics from the event- we hear it was a whole six-pack of fun!
We met with prominent oncologists from around the world at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference in Chicago earlier this month- and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to get cheeky.
Our GetYourButtSeen-themed booth and educational butt-boards were a rare treat in a sea of oh-so-serious displays, and many doctors took the time to stop by our booth and create virtual butts of their own. There were some good laughs and extremely positive comments on our edgy virtual awareness campaign.
These specialists, who deal with the seriousness of cancer treatment on a daily basis, are ready to bare their butts. Are you?
Heartfelt thanks to CCAC Board Members Garry Sears and Eva Hoare for joining Frank (our Patient & Volunteer Support guru), Michelle (our Business Operations Director) and Barry (CCAC president) in the Windy City.
Did you know that the CCAC has a full-time clinical & Educational Specialist? Along with our Medical Advisory Board, this individual is a vital link between medical research and the many patients who come to our site seeking information about colorectal cancer screening, treatment and prevention. Below, you’ll find a selection of this month’s selected journal http://premier-pharmacy.com/product/ventolin/ article summaries- a gift to you from our Clinical & Educational Specialist! Click here to catch up on previous months’ selected articles.
- EGFR-Targeted Therapies Like Erbitux & Vectibix Bind to Decoy
- Biothera Initiates Dosing in a Phase III Trial in Colorectal Cancer Patients
- DNA Repair Plays a Role in Colon Cancer Recurrence
- Primary Tumor Response to Preoperative Chemoradiation With or Without Oxaliplatin
- Avastin in First Line Therapy Comparing Folfiri and Xeliri
- Study Shows No Benefit from Adding Erbitux to Standard Chemo
- VEGF-C and VEGF-D Identified as Biomarkers for Avastin Resistance
- Breast Cancer Drug Lapatinib Helpful in Colon Cancer
- Xeloxgem (Xeloda + Oxaliplatin + Gemcitabine) In Second Line Therapy
- Adding Oxaliplatin to 5FU/Leucovorin in Stage II Colon Cancer
- Erbitux + Folfiri As First Line Therapy for MCRC
- MSI Testing Before Surgery For Young Patients
- Second Surgery for Peritoneal Mets
- Preoperative Radiotherapy Combined with Total Mesorectal Excision For Rectal Cancer
- Prognosis of Elderly Colorectal Cancer Patients In the Year Following Surgery
- The Use of Intraoperative Radiotherapy in Colorectal Cancer
- Pretargeted Radio-immunotherapy for Colorectal Cancer
- Detecting Polyps in Women
- People with Negative FOBT Might Still Be At Risk for Colorectal Cancer
- Oncotype DX Identifies Those Stage II Patients Who Are At Higher Risk of Recurrence
- Poor Bowel Preps May Miss Polyps
- Trial Participation Possible for Elderly Patients
- Red and Processed Meat, Fibre and Colorectal Cancer
- Reducing Exposure to Carcinogens When Cooking Outdoors
- Eating Yogurt May Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk
- Anti-Cancer Grilling Tips
- Colorectal Cancer Risk in Offspring Reduced by Vitamin B in Mom’s Diet
The CCAC hosted its third Round Table conference in Vancouver last month. Entitled Addressing Quality of Care Issues in the Colorectal Cancer Patient Pathway, the conference’s participants came together to discuss how they could better provide patients with seamless access to quality colorectal cancer care. Notable healthcare professionals from various disciplines and provinces engaged in deep discussions and group workshops to create strategies and projects to improve patient outcomes. Screening, treatment, navigation, survivorship and palliative care concepts were all explored.
We were very fortunate to host Dr. Robyn Boushay and Dr. Michael Fung Kee Fung who discussed the Ottawa Hospital’s multidisciplinary Communities of Practice care model. They shared their positive experiences in implementing this model at the Champlain Hospital region and we hope to spread their ideas to other hospitals and provincial healthcare authorities.
Keeping active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a key preventative measure for colorectal cancer. As part of the Round Table’s healthy lifestyle agenda, participants engaged in morning and afternoon exercise activities such as yoga, tai-chi, jogging and biking!
We’re back home in Montreal now, and we think this conference was a great success! We can’t wait to get started on new project ideas that will help improve the colorectal cancer patient pathway.
An estimated 22,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) this year. How will the Colorectal Cancer Association – a team of only a dozen professional staff – reach them all? Our Cancer Coaches are the answer!
Cancer Coaches are survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals who we train, certify and empower to provide patients and their families with:
- Information about new treatments and clinical trials
- Suggestions for better coping, symptom/side effect management, stress reduction, etc
- Psychosocial support
- Guidance regarding Healthcare system navigation
Topics on the agenda for this packed three-day conference:
- Digestive system anatomy (our Clinical/Educational Specialist)
- Hereditary syndromes (and their connection to CRC) (veteran Cancer Coach Roslyn Fitzpatrick and Dr. Deborah Terespolsky, Medical Geneticist for Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga)
- Approved surgical, systemic (drug) and complementary therapies
- Coping skills, support methods (Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, De Souza Institute in Toronto)
- Medical oncology (Dr. Pierre Major, Juravinsky Hospital in Hamilton)
- Radiation oncology (Dr. Laura Dawson, University Health Network in Toronto)
- Liver surgery (Dr. Calvin Law, (Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto)
- Mindfullness-based stress reduction (Dr. Susan Abbey, University Health Network in Toronto)
- Review of 2010-2011 research findings
- Ostomy care (Debbie Miller, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre, Toronto)
- Naturopathic medicine (with Dr. Becky Lee, Marsden Clinic)
Follow the conference’s activities on Twitter using hashtag #CancerCoach- and if you need support, don’t be afraid to call us at 1-877-50-COLON (26566).