Feel Like You Want to Avoid Chemotherapy?

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Chemotherapy is not as unpleasant as it used to be. Are you feeling like you want to avoid chemotherapy? You are not alone. Chemo has never been on anyone’s bucket list, but it is more pleasant than it used to be. New developments have helped to lessen or eliminate many of the common side effects. […]

The Difference Between Genetic and Genomic Testing

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What is the difference between genetic and genomic testing? You may think that genetic and genomic testing refer to the same thing. They are actually quite different. But, don’t worry, you’ll soon know how to tell them apart. Dr. Kelly Shimabukuro is a medical oncologist. She explains the difference between the two types of cancer […]

The Role of the Medical Oncologist during Colon Cancer

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What is the role of the medical oncologist during colon cancer? The days and weeks after a cancer diagnosis are a difficult and confusing time. Often patients are bombarded with new terms and concepts they are not familiar with. Here to help with some of the confusion is Dr. Kelly Shimabukuro. She’s a medical oncologist […]

What is the Oncotype DX Test?

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How is the Oncytype DX test used by doctors? Has your doctor mentioned the Oncotype DX test for colon cancer? This new diagnostic tool is helping doctors better quantify the risk of a cancer recurring. Doctors will modify your treatment according to your Oncotype DX score to give you the best treatment possible. Dr. Kelly […]

Understanding Risk of Recurrence in Colon Cancer

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What do you tell your patients about risk of recurrence in colon cancer? Cancer patients are bombarded with information after their diagnosis. It can be a confusing time with a lot of material to remember. One thing you should pay close attention to is your recurrence score. This score tells you the likelihood your cancer […]

Weighing the Benefits of Chemotherapy

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What are the benefits of chemotherapy? Feeling uneasy about having to do chemotherapy? Wondering what the advantages and disadvantages are? You’re not alone. Some patients don’t need chemotherapy while others do. There are a number of factors that doctors look at to determine your treatment path. Dr. Kelly Shimabukuro sheds some light on these factors […]

The Importance of Early Colon Cancer Screening

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What is the importance of early colon cancer screening? Are you dreading your next colon cancer screening? Should you have gone in sooner? While these procedures may not be the most comfortable experience, they do save lives. How important is early colon cancer screening? Dr. Kelly Shimabukuro has seen her share of cancer patients. The […]


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