You get to take home colored pictures of your colon and insides. I’d share mine, but I do have some pride left - Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva
Who should be screened for colon cancer and when remains controversial. But what about which one should you get? Colonoscopy or virtual CT colonoscopy.
According to Peter Apicella, MD, chief of radiology at Salem Community Hospital in an article in MD News, "virtual CT colonoscopy involves a less intense preparation, does not require sedation, is less invasive and provides minimal disruption to a patient’s routine". Sounds great on first blush. the downside is you are being radiated and aren't we exposed to enough radiation as it is!
On the other hand, conventional colonoscopy can miss proximal colon and minute tumors, but at the same time it can also remove possible pre cancerous polyps on the same visit. So, which one is better...it's basically up to you. Essentially the best test is the one you take!
The good news is colon cancer is not as devastating as it is cracked up to be! "I think the attitude has changed among doctors, especially when it comes to metastatic colorectal cancer," says Paulo M. Hoff, MD, an oncologist at the MD Andersen Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston. "We used to have a pessimistic view. But now we're seeing more patients with metastatic cancer responding to treatment. They are also responding well for a longer time."
"We have more tools than ever before to treat colorectal cancer," says Leonard Saltz, MD, leader of the colorectal disease management team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. "What we're doing now is learning how to use them most effectively." Source: WebMD
Beating Bowel Cancer
a leading UK charity for bowel cancer patients, working to raise awareness of symptoms, promote early diagnosis and encourage open access to treatment choice for those affected by bowel cancer.
Cologuard is an easy to use, noninvasive colon cancer screening test based on the latest advances in stool DNA science. It can be used by men and women 50 years of age and older who are at average risk for colon cancer. Cologuard finds both cancer and precancer.
Colon Cancer Alliance
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is an organization of colon and rectal cancer survivors, their families, caregivers, people genetically predisposed to the disease and the medical community.
Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Even as the second leading cause of cancer in the United States for men and women combined, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable cancers, when detected at an early stage.
Fight ColoRectal Cancer
Fight Colorectal Cancer demands a cure for colon and rectal cancer. We educate and support patients, push for changes in policy that will increase and improve research, and empower survivors to raise their voices against the status quo.
The Susan Cohan Kasdas Colon Cancer Foundation...The International Voice of Colon Cancer.
The Colon Club
Our main goal is to educate as many people as possible, as early as possible, about colorectal cancer in interesting and out-of-the-box ways. Our wishes are for people to have "colon talk" in their everyday lives, to know the risk factors and symptoms, and to get screened when it is appropriate for them.
Bowel Cancer UK
Bowel Cancer UK is a leading charity dedicated to raising awareness of bowel cancer, improving the quality of life of those affected by the disease, and, ultimately, reducing deaths from the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK.
Understanding treatment options, accessing new and innovative therapies through clinical trials, as well as understanding the role of supportive care and complementary and alternative medicine are essential.
National Cancer Institute
Information about Colorectal cancer treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and vaccine therapy
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
When it comes to the decline in death rates due to cancer, the most dramatic drop has been in colon cancer deaths. More people are getting screened and there are more drugs to treat it.
Siteman Cancer Center
Read about colon and rectal cancer in general, including information about treatment and staging
Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world.
Half of colorectal cancer cancers have already spread to the liver by the time of diagnosis....
As a source of free patient education, our goal is to provide our users with trustworthy information and support from others on colorectal cancer.
Cancer of the rectum is the disease characterized by the development of malignant cells in the lining or epithelium of the rectum.
About 112,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer annually, and about 41,000 new cases of rectal cancer are diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society.
Cancer of the colon or rectum is also called colorectal cancer. In the United States, it is the fourth most common cancer in men and women. Caught early, it is often curable.
Up To Date
UpToDate's extensive resources on colorectal cancer.