Illnesses

Colon Cancer

"There is a large window of opportunity for prevention of colon cancer, i.e. treatment of colon cancer before it becomes an invasive cancer."
Daniel Nixon, M.D.

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Diagnosis: Cancer, Some Do’s and Don’ts
by CANHELP
Ten Strong Suggestions on How to Cope with Cancer.

Colorectal Cancer
from MayoClinic.com
Good mainstream approach.

Colon Cancer: The Basics
by Carolyn Coyle, R.N., M.S.N.
of The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
"Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer, in both males and females, in the western world.  The incidence is highest in African Americans, who are also more likely to die of the disease."

Colorectal Cancer
from the Life Extension Foundation
"This article attempts to simplify and consolidate complicated scientific research into a multimodality treatment program.  It discusses the integration of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, biological-response modifiers, supplementation, and dietary changes into a comprehensive approach to fight colorectal cancer."
Recommended

Colon Cancer Symptoms, Screening
by MSNBC.com
"The good news: Colon cancer is curable if found early.  In fact, if the cancer is confined to the wall of the colon, surgical removal may be the only treatment that is required.  Some of us may recall that President Regan had colon cancer diagnosed and removed when he was in office.  The bad news: Colon cancer discovered late, especially if it has spread to lymph nodes and other organs, can be lethal."

A Highly Preventable Cancer
by MSNBC.com
"Current research points to several strategies you could employ to protect yourself against colon cancer development.  Future research should be able to tell which of these inter-related strategies is most important for your particular needs."


CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Colon Cancer: Causative Factors
by Linda Lazarides
Abstracts of Journal Articles Linking Diet to Colon Cancer.

Nutritional Program for Cancer Prevention
by Elson M. Haas, M.D.
"The relationship of diet to cancer came of age in the 1980s.  With our new knowledge, we can clearly now do something about the threats of cancer and our future."
Recommended

Preventing Colorectal Cancer
by Dr. Joseph A. Debé
"Some of the more important risk factors for colorectal cancer appear to be: excessive energy intake (eating too much), high fat-low fiber-high sugar diet, red meats (especially heavily browned meat from frying at high temperature), refined grains (bread, pasta, many cereals, potatoes, cakes, desserts), alcohol, omega 6 fatty acids and trans fatty acids (found in hydrogenated vegetable oils which are ubiquitous in convenience foods), iron, physical inactivity, obesity, constipation, colonic inflammation, and family history of colorectal cancer or polyps."

Calcium May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
from WebMD
"In a study involving more than 45,000 American women followed for about 8.5 years, researchers show that calcium can cut women's risk of colorectal cancer.  The best results came from combining a calcium-rich diet with supplements."

Folic Acid May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
from Blackmores: The Best of Health
"Studies show that the typical Western diet, heavy on meat, eggs, high-fat dairy, sugar and refined grains, is associated with a higher risk of colon cancer.  Other studies have found a low intake of folic acid and the amino acid methionine, and heavy use of alcohol, are associated with colon cancer."

Water, Exercise, and Colon Cancer
from WholeHealthMD.com
"Drinking lots of water and staying physically active appear to cut men's risk for colorectal cancer, according to researchers from Chang Gung University in Taiwan."

Foods for Cancer Prevention
by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
"Conclusion: A cancer prevention diet is one that is high in fiber, low in fat (especially animal fat), and includes generous portions of fruits and vegetables.  It also minimizes or excludes alcohol.  The best diets are pure vegetarian diets."

Proof That Increased Sugar Causes Cancer
from Joseph Mercola, D.O.
"This study shows that not only can a diet rich in sugar boost the risk of type 2 diabetes and contribute to obesity, but it may also lead to colon cancer."

Does Physical Activity Prevent Cancer?
from BMJ.com
"Overall the evidence supports a potentially important protective effect of activity against colon cancer and probably breast cancer."

PATIENTS' STORIES

One Man’s Journey with Colon Cancer
by Edward Leigh
"My care was badly botched and I don’t want to see anyone go through what I have been through.  Had I been treated properly in 1997, my cancer could have been caught at an earlier stage."   "I love my new doctors, but I still do my own research — they learn a lot from me! I am taking a new drug in May 2000 based on my Internet research. In addition to competent medical care, we must take an active role in our healthcare. We can no longer be passive recipients because it may kill us."

Early Detection Saves Lives: Three Survivors Share Their Stories
Suzanne MacDonald, Paul Bartko and Jean Baer are living proof that early detection of colon cancer saves lives.  They share their personal stories of screening and detection with “Today’s” Katie Couric.

Patients Treated With Non-Toxic Therapies and Nutrition
from Cancer Control Society
These patients have generously agreed to share their experiences.

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Sigmoidoscopy May Miss Cancer
from InteliHealth
"Sigmoidoscopy, the most widely used fiber-optic screening exam for colon cancer, is likely to miss diseased growths as much as one-third of the time, researchers say in a study that could lead to wider use of a more thorough method, colonoscopy."

Colonoscopy to Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Colorectal Cancer
from The New England Journal of Medicine
"Conclusions: Colonoscopic screening can detect advanced colonic neoplasms in asymptomatic adults.  Many of these neoplasms would not be detected with sigmoidoscopy."

Colonoscopy Screening Would Avert Cancer
from Science News Online
"Increased use of colonoscopy could significantly reduce the number of colon cancer deaths and wouldn't cost much more overall than other tests."

The Colonoscopy Dilemma
from Life Extension Foundation
"Cancer diagnostic tests can be expensive, inconvenient, and sometimes dangerous.  Yet the American Cancer Society urges that more Americans undergo these diagnostic procedures to reduce cancer mortality rates.  We at Life Extension agree."

Genetic Testing for Colon and Rectal Cancers
from MayoClinic.com
"A genetic test — a blood test — can reveal mutations that predispose a person to cancer. Potential benefits include understanding the risk of developing colorectal cancer, knowing whether repeated screening or preventive surgery is necessary and easing uncertainty over whether a genetic problem is present."    "There are risks, however. Results can be ambiguous, and detecting a defective gene does not mean that cancer is sure to develop. The psychological impact of learning that you're likely to develop colon or rectal cancer also is something to consider."



FDA Approves Eloxatin For Colorectal Cancer

Colon Cancer Discussion
Comprehensive Cancer Care Conference II
"This panel focused on complementary therapies to prevent and treat colon cancer.  The panel reviewed the evidence on dietary influences and the use of supplements and herbal therapies."

Using Arthritis Drugs To Treat Cancer
from the Life Extension Foundation
"One of the most exciting new therapies to treat cancer is the combined use of a COX-2-inhibiting drug along with a statin drug.  The "statin" class of drugs are used to lower cholesterol, but they also suppress the propagation of certain cancer cells.  When used together, these two drugs (a statin and COX-2-inhibitor) may provide the necessary one-two punch needed to control or eradicate the malignancy."

Letter Regarding Colorectal Cancer
by Wayne Martin, M.D.
"Now it follows that we have more than one way to avoid death from colorectal cancer.  We can turn vegetarian; by eliminating red meat from diet and substituting fish and poultry in its place, the risk of colorectal cancer may be greatly reduced."

"It may be as the Drs. Garland suggest, that taking vitamin D and calcium as a supplement will greatly reduce that risk of colorectal cancer.

But lastly, if one has surgery for colorectal cancer, it would be well to buy some non-prescription Tagamet and take it before surgery and for one year thereafter."

Using Cimetidine (Tagamet) for Cancer Treatment
from the Life Extension Foundation
"In this article, we discuss research that substantiates the anti-cancer benefits of cimetidine and reveal what types of colon cancer cimetidine has been shown to be effective against."

Bill Henderson's Approach
from Annie Appleseed Project

Clinical Trials from Colon Cancer Alliance

OTHER RESOURCES

See also Cancer Politics in this web site.

Things to Do For Metastatic Cancer Patients
by Carol and Lee Law

Cancer Resource Center
from The American Cancer Society

National Library of Medicine MedLine Access

Hints on Using PubMed and MedLine by Helen Stanbro
From Steve Dunn's CancerGuide

Medical Search Services

Medical Search Services - Advantages and Disadvantages
from CancerGuide
"One way to get technical information on your cancer is to pay a professional search service to search medical databases for you. This has both advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage is that you get the expertise of someone who knows how to search. This means that you can be sure you will not fail to get the information you are seeking because of your inexperience in using medical databases - using a medical database effectively is a skill which sometimes rises to the level of an art. Using a search service also means that you don't have to spend your precious time learning how to use a medical database.

One disadvantage is cost. You may pay up to several hundred dollars for a professional search when you could probably do it yourself cheaper."

SERVICES SPECIALIZING IN CONVENTIONAL THERAPIES

Cancer Advisors
"We offer you a medical resource that makes the search for appropriate clinical trial options less difficult and more reliable, based on unbiased advice from experienced oncologists, professional research, and cutting-edge technologies."

Shine On-Line Services
"Schine On-Line Services, Inc., founded by cancer survivor Gary Schine, author of Cancer Cure, gathers information on any and all types of cancer or other illness directly for clients. Our researchers have extensive on-line experience, training from the National Library of Medicine, and other medical database training. We can search the databases for you and provide a report of the current developments in treatment and clinical trials of your particular illness."

SERVICE PROVIDING INFORMATION ON BOTH CONVENTIONAL AND ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

The Health Resource
"The Health Resource is a medical information service whose expert medical researchers are here to help you and your loved ones learn about all the treatment options for your cancer or other medical condition."

SERVICES SPECIALIZING IN ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CANHELP
"CANHELP assists you and your family in making informed, intelligent cancer treatment decisions. We search the world for cutting-edge, conventional and alternative therapies for all types of cancers including the common cancers such as breast, colon, and prostate as well as rare cancers such as carcinoids, Ewing sarcoma etc."

The Moss Reports on Cancer
"Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. writes detailed reports on optimal treatment for nearly every cancer diagnosis and situation. Many people have found these reports to be an extremely helpful way of rapidly gaining knowledge in a difficult field."

Patient-Matching Services

M. D. Anderson Support Network
Phone: 800 345-6324. They will try to match callers with cancer survivors in their data base.

Association of Cancer Online Resources Mailing Lists
"The ACOR lists are a group of free, unmoderated discussion lists for patients, family, friends, researchers, and physicians, to discuss clinical and non-clinical issues and advances pertaining to all forms of cancer. This includes information about patient experiences, psychosocial issues, new research, clinical trials, and discussions of current treatment practices as well as alternative treatments."

The Cancer Control Society
"Its mission: to prevent and control cancer and other diseases through Nutrition and Non-Toxic Therapies."

Cancer Hope Network
"At Cancer Hope Network, we provide free, confidential, one-on-one support to people with cancer and their families. We match patients with trained volunteers who have themselves undergone a similar experience. And we provide support and hope, to help patients and families look beyond the diagnosis, cope with treatment, and start living life to its fullest once again."

Commission on Cancer Measures for Quality of Cancer Care for Breast and Colorectal Cancers
from the American College of Surgeons

Friends' Health Connection
A "support network that connects people with similar health problems for the purpose of mutual support. … We provide two support networks: our Patient Network connects individuals with health problems; our Caregiver Network connects family members, friends and caregivers of people with health problems."

Med Help International Patient Support Network
A service where patients with similar conditions can exchange medical information and support via e-mail

Patient to Patient, Heart to Heart
"Patient to Patient, Heart to Heart provides peer support for oncology patients. Whether you have just been diagnosed with cancer, or are coping with chemotherapy or radiation, or wondering what life will be like when your active treatments are finished, we can help. All the volunteers have experienced cancer and its treatment. We help people deal with both the day-to-day practical issues, as well as the harder questions about living with cancer."



American College of Gastroenterology

American Gastroenterological Association

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

CancerLinks

CancerGuide by Steve Dunn
Articles, pointers, advice and an extensive list of links.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America
"Cancer Treatment Centers of America offers the most sophisticated forms of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy in combination with complementary therapies that include; nutrition, spiritual support, mind-body medicine, and naturopathic medicine."

Clinical Cancer Research
"Publishes original articles describing clinical research on the cellular and molecular characterization, prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of human cancer.  Its focus is on innovative clinical research and translational research which bridges the laboratory and the clinic.  Clinical Cancer Research is especially interested in clinical trials evaluating new treatments for cancer; research on molecular abnormalities that predict incidence, response to therapy, and outcome, and laboratory studies of new drugs and biological agents that will lead to clinical trials in patients."

Colon Cancer Alliance

Colorectal Cancer Network

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)
Free resource for cancer patients at (212) 741-2790
"A true alternative to conventional cancer therapy focuses first and foremost on the whole body in order to repair the biological breakdown responsible for producing abnormal cells.  A sound repair system takes all body functions into consideration including: nutrition plus the organs of metabolism, lymphatic drainage, glandular function, waste elimination, circulation, stress management, structural balance, etc."

411Cancer.com

Life Extension Foundation
The Life Extension Foundation is the largest organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of breakthrough therapies not being effectively treated by conventional medicine. They are located in Hollywood, Florida and can be reached at 800 841-5433.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

My Cancer News
Cancer treatment search engine with news of treatments and also financial help for cancer patients and families.

Roberts Review: New Cancer Treatments
Cancer Portal with information on newest treatments (traditional and alternative): newest drugs, cures, research breakthroughs (sorted by cancer type) from 2500+ medical journals.

Articles from The New England Journal of Medicine

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Please click on the picture of the book or the title to order.

A. Richard Adrouny, M.D., Understanding Colon Cancer

Mitchell Gaynor, M.D. and Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.,
Dr. Gaynor's Cancer Prevention Program.

Pauline Johnston,
Colon Rectal Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients & Families

Paul Miskovitz, M.D. and Marian Betancourt,
What To Do If You Get Colon Cancer: A Specialist Helps You Take Charge and Make Informed Choices

 

Ralph Moss, Ph.D.,
Cancer Therapy: The Independent Consumer's Guide to Non-Toxic Treatment and Prevention.
Mark Bennett Pochapin, M.D.,
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Colorectal Cancer: New Tests, New Treatments, New Hope

Patrick Quillin,
Beating Cancer with Nutrition - Revised

 

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