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March 2011
The Colorectal Cancer Coalition is now Fight Colorectal Cancer. New name, new look. Same great organization. Read more about it.

Colorectal Cancer Screening and Stamp Bills Introduced in Congress
We peopleFight Colorectal Cancer applauds Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA), Representative Kay Granger (R-TX), Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA), Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) for introducing legislation that would make a serious impact in the fight against colorectal cancer.

The Fight Colorectal Cancer Stamp Act (H.R. 893) introduced by Rep. Dent will authorize the U.S. Post Office to sell a "semipostal" stamp to raise money for proven federal research programs for colorectal cancer. This will ensure that even in tight fiscal times, funding for life-saving federal colorectal cancer research programs can be sustained.

The Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Act (H.R. 912/S. 494) introduced by Reps. Granger and McGovern along with Sens. Lieberman and Hutchison will establish a program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide colorectal cancer screenings and treatment for low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals who are not eligible for Medicare.

Fight Colorectal Cancer has endorsed both pieces of legislation and is working toward their passage in Congress.

Call-on Congress Advocates Demand a Cure
We peopleFifty advocates from 19 states held 70 meetings with Members of Congress and their staff last week as part of Fight Colorectal Cancer's Call-on Congress. Wearing shirts that said, "Get behind a cure," the advocates, who ranged from survivors to patients currently in treatment to family members, focused on several pieces of legislation that would ultimately increase funding for colorectal cancer screening and research.

Read more, see pictures and watch videos from Call-on Congress 2011.

Pam McAllister Receives First Annual Andrew Giusti Memorial Award
We peopleIn memory of a former Board member, scientist and colorectal cancer patient, Fight Colorectal Cancer awarded the first-ever Andrew Giusti Memorial Award to research advocate Pam McAllister "for activism on behalf of colorectal cancer patients and for focusing, like Andy did, on pushing for great science that will translate to patient benefit as quickly as possible." Nancy Roach, Chair and Founder of Fight Colorectal Cancer presented the award to Pam.

Pam is a researcher who was diagnosed with cancer. She first got involved with research advocacy in the early 1990s, and today many view her as the "grandmother" of colorectal cancer research advocacy. She sits on the panel that sets the American Cancer Society screening guidelines and has also been involved with panels that set treatment guidelines for stage II patients as well as stage IV patients according to their KRAS status. She has also taken the time to mentor research advocates who came after her.

Like Pam, Andy was a superb research advocate. He was working on a vaccine against colorectal cancer when he was diagnosed in 2005 with stage IV colorectal cancer at the age of 40. "Andy was committed to making science work for patients and Pam truly exemplifies that advocate spirit," stated Nancy. "I think Andy would completely agree that Pam deserves this recognition and we are excited to honor his memory and his work with this annual award."

Comcast Newsmakers Features Fight Colorectal Cancer
We peopleComcast Newsmakers recently interviewed Fight Colorectal Cancer president Carlea Bauman to discuss the importance of education and awareness and the organization's work to fight colorectal cancer. The 5-minute interview will air until April 2nd at 25 and 55 minutes after the hour on CNN Headline News throughout the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

Or you can watch it online now.

New Tool for Colon Cancer Patients
Fight Colorectal Cancer and Genomic Health Inc. have launched My Colon Cancer Coach, a unique, online tool for newly diagnosed colon cancer patients that provides a free, personalized treatment report. The questionnaire takes less than 10 minutes to complete and empowers patients to discuss treatment options with their physician.

Speaking Frankly About Colorectal Cancer with the Cancer Support Community
We peopleFight Colorectal Cancer was honored to partner with the Cancer Support Community on the third edition of its highly popular book, "Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Colorectal Cancer," which launched on March 15th.

The book is part of a free educational program conducted by the Cancer Support Community that is dedicated to empowering patients and their families to effectively navigate life with colorectal cancer. It includes:
  • The latest diagnostic tools and screening guidelines
  • An in-depth look at treatment options and side-effect management
  • Tips for patients and their families on how to communicate with their health care teams
  • Ways to cope with quality of life issues
  • Up-to-date resources related to the total experience of living with colorectal cancer

Order your free copy today (limit one per household).

Colorectal Cancer Advocates Featured on Podcast
We people Cancer Support Community CEO Kim Thiboldeaux spoke with survivor Cindy Robinson (pictured), oncology nurse practitioner Carolyn Grande and Wellness Community of Central New Jersey program director Ellen Levine as part of their online podcast honoring colorectal cancer awareness month. Cindy is an advocate with Fight Colorectal Cancer and Carolyn sits on Fight Colorectal Cancer's Medical Advisory Board. Listen to the podcast online.

In This Issue:

Colorectal Cancer Screening and Stamp Bills Introduced in Congress
Fight Colorectal Cancer endorses legislation

Call-on Congress Advocates Demand a Cure
Advocates gather for Call-on Congress

Pam McAllister Receives First Annual Andrew Giusti Memorial Award
Advocate honored for her work towards a cure

Comcast Newsmakers Features Fight Colorectal Cancer
Watch the video throughout March

New Tool for Colon Cancer Patients
unique, online tool for newly diagnosed colon cancer patients

Speaking Frankly About Colorectal Cancer with the Cancer Support Community
New book for colorectal cancer patients

Colorectal Cancer Advocates Featured on Podcast
Advocates talks about their colorectal cancer journey


Free Patient Webinars
Grassroots Advocate Chat:
New Legislation in Congress

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
8-9 PM Eastern

Join Fight CRC's policy director Catherine Knowles as she discusses the new colorectal cancer legislation in Congress and ways that you can help get these life-saving bills passed into law. Register today.

Treating Liver Metastases
Monday, May 16, 2011
8-9 PM Eastern

Liver directed therapies have evolved over the last two decades and offer patients with metastatic or primary liver tumors many new treatment options. Join us as we discuss these options with Dr. Andrew Kennedy, co-medical director for Wake Radiology Oncology Services in Cary, North Carolina and a leading researcher in liver metastases. Register today.

Spring 2011 print newsletter

In this issue:

  • Staying Financially Afloat During Cancer
  • Getting Your Voice Heard
  • Patient to Patient Tips
  • After 40 Years of War on Cancer, What Lies Ahead?
  • Walk and Talk: Multi-tasking at its Best

Answer Line takes your calls
Get answers to your questions about your disease, treatment options and available clinical trials. Answer Line Associates are ready to take your call Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM Eastern. Ask your question online.

Don't Miss Updates from the Desk of Dr. Lenz
Have you been keeping up with oncologist Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz on Fight CRC's website?
Fight Colorectal Cancer demands a cure for colon and rectal cancer. We educate and support patients and caregivers, push for changes in policy that will increase and improve research, and empower survivors to raise their voices against the status quo.
Telephone: 703 548 1225 | Toll-Free Answer Line: 1 877 427 2111
Email: Info@FightColorectalCancer.org

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