Rectal Cancer

Targeting both BRAF and EGFR doubles progression-free survival in metastatic colorectal cancer (10-16-2017)

Recent successes in genetically targeted precision cancer medicines are improving outcomes in a number of cancers.  Ensuring patients undergo genomic sequencing to determine if they have treatable targets is increasingly important to ensure patients... Continue Reading

NSAIDs Decrease Risk of Colorectal Cancer (09-18-2017)

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are medicines that are used for the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal illnesses including spinal disorders, osteoarthritis and inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. NSAIDs effectively... Continue Reading

Proton Beam Therapy may Improve Outcomes for Rectal Cancer (03-6-2017)

Currently a standard treatment for several gastrointestinal cancers (GI) combines the use of chemotherapy and radiation followed by surgical resection. Radiation may be part of the treatment strategy for select cancers of the esophagus, anus, rectum,... Continue Reading

Addition of Eloxatin® Following Surgery Delays Cancer Progression in Certain Colorectal Cancers (07-28-2016)

The addition of the chemotherapy combination consisting of Eloxatin (oxalipatin) plus 5-fluorouracil (5 FU) following surgery reduces the risk of cancer progression among patients with deficient mismatch repair (dMMR) stage III colorectal cancer. These... Continue Reading

Herceptin® Plus Tykerb® Promising for HER2-Positive Colorectal Cancer (05-11-2016)

The treatment combination consisting of Herceptin (trastuzumab) plus Tykerb (lapatinib) provides significant anti-cancer activity in colorectal cancer that overexpresses the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). These results were recently... Continue Reading

Another Study Confirms That Daily Aspirin Lowers Risk of Colorectal & Other GI Tract Cancers (05-9-2016)

The regular use of aspirin significantly reduces the overall risk of cancer, especially colorectal and other gastrointestinal tract cancers, according to a study published in JAMA Oncology.1 The recent report supports the results of previous clinical... Continue Reading

EPI proColon® – Novel Blood Screening Test Approved for Colorectal Cancer Detection (05-2-2016)

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Epi proColon®, a test that screens for colorectal cancer from a simple blood draw. The approval specifies that EPI proColon is only indicated for individuals at an average risk of developing... Continue Reading

Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer Increases Risk of Secondary Cancers (03-14-2016)

Patients with prostate cancer considering radiation therapy should now be informed that radiotherapy raises the risk of developing a secondary cancer. Prostate cancer patients who undergo radiotherapy raise their risk of getting other cancers by nearly... Continue Reading

Anesthesia Increases Colonoscopy Risks (03-4-2016)

Though colonoscopy is often performed with anesthesia, a recent study published in the journal Gastroenterology has found that sedation increases the risk of complications.1 A colonoscopy is a type of exam that a doctor uses to check the lining of the... Continue Reading

Vistogard® Approved for Life-Threatening Toxicities of Certain Chemotherapy Agents (02-11-2016)

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vistogard (uridine triacetate) for the treatment of life-threatening toxicities caused by the chemotherapy drugs fluorouracil or capecitabine. The approved indication is for the “emergency... Continue Reading

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