In the News
New CRC Drug on the Horizon
Bayer Healthcare has just announced positive results from a drug called regorafenib, which has been fast tracked for approval by the FDA. Dr. Laura, our medical consultant and a stage IV survivor, has summarized what you need to know about this drug and what this news means for the colorectal cancer community.
Other CRC News
Pre-cancerous Colon Cells Detected with Light
Cheaper and Easier Isn't Necessarily Better in New Colon Cancer Screening Procedures
It's That Time of Year
The holidays are right around the corner. Consider purchasing your holiday cards through Cards for Causes. Select us as your charity of choice before checkout, and we'll get a portion of the proceeds.
Blue Ribbon BBQ
Tina Wright was well known for her family's secret recipe BBQ sauce handed down from her father. After she passed away from colon cancer in 2010, her children decided to take that recipe and go into the sauce business. But, it's not all business. D&W BBQ is giving back and honoring their mother's memory by donating a portion of their proceeds to the CCA to help others facing CRC. They have also set up an art scholarship in Tina's name. If you'd like to give D&W BBQ's Blue Ribbon Sauce a try, you can buy it online at www.dwbbq.com.
Know Someone Turning 50 Soon?
The CCA has launched a new way to say happy birthday to loved ones due for a CRC screening. We are proud to unveil a new animated e-card that you can send via our website to your family and friends. It's not always easy to talk those you love into making healthy decisions, but we hope this card helps to break the ice and encourages them to schedule a screening. You could save someone's life, and that's the best birthday gift you could give. Wish someone a happy, healthy birthday today.
Undy Fever Continues
The 4th Annual Dallas and 2nd Annual DC Undy 5000 events both shattered previous years’ fundraising and participation records! The Oct. 29th Dallas Undy had nearly 800 participants who helped raise close to $120,000, a portion of which will help support the colon cancer screening programs of Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers. At the DC Undy on November 5th, despite nearly-freezing temperatures, about 380 people turned out, raising nearly $100,000 to help support CCA patient programs.
If you haven’t yet participated in an Undy, what are you waiting for? We’ll continue 2011 with Atlanta on Nov. 12 and Phoenix on Nov. 19. Register today!
CCA Welcomes New Team Member
The CCA’s Patient Support department recently welcomed Janelle Hill to the Helpline team. Janelle, a colon cancer survivor and mother of three, is currently the Secretary of the Voices Chapter of Central Arizona and has been very active in promoting and helping with the upcoming Phoenix Undy 5000. "I am looking forward to working for the CCA and sharing my knowledge and compassion with others. Cancer has ravaged my family, and I do not want anyone to have to go through what we have gone through,” she said. Janelle has an amazing story and we’re excited to have her. Welcome to the family, Janelle!
Which Diagnostic Test is Right for You?
Cancer is a complex disease that is becoming more complicated as new biomarkers and diagnostic tests are discovered. Depending on the results of biomarker testing, your doctor can select the right treatment for your specific cancer and avoid exposure to medicines that are not likely to be effective for you. Genentech recently launched a new website, www.RightTestRightTime.org, that helps explain what biomarkers and diagnostic tests are and what patients, whether they are newly diagnosed or have had a recurrence, should ask their healthcare team. Visit their website to learn more.
Obama Orders FDA to Reduce Shortages
With the current shortage becoming an increasing healthcare crisis, President Obama has stated his support for the Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act and ordered the FDA to reduce the shortages. Join the fight! Tell Congress about the drug shortage and ask your representatives to support this critical legislation via our website.
November 12 - Atlanta Undy 5000
November 19 - Phoenix Undy 5000
December 2 - Dress in Blue Day 2012 Materials Available Online
December 31 - Last day of 2011 to Make a Tax Deductible Donation