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 […]

What is the Recovery Time from Colon Cancer Surgery?

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Dr. Mark Gimbel breaks down recovery from colon cancer surgery. Surgery is a common route of treatment for many cases of colon cancer. Like many other areas of the medical community, colon cancer surgery has made tremendous strides in the past decade. In the past, open surgery was generally the only option. But many patients […]

Using the Recurrence Score to Determine Treatment Options

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How do you use the recurrence score when choosing treatment options? Patients want all the facts they can get before making decision about their colon cancer treatment options. A patient’s recurrence score is a vital piece of information for doctors. Oncotype DX is a diagnostic test for patients who have been recently diagnosed with stage […]

Using the Oncotype DX Test for Early Stage Colon Cancer Patients

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Dr. Mark Gimbel explains when physicians will typically order the Oncotype DX test for early stage colon cancer patients For early stage colon cancer patients, choosing the right course of treatment is critical. Many early stage colon cancer patients just assume that chemotherapy will be part of the journey. However, not all early stage colon […]

Is Colon Cancer Curable?

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Dr. Mark Gimbel explains instances when colon cancer can be curable. After a diagnosis, many people want to know, is colon cancer curable? While a 100% cure to all colon cancers has not been developed, in many instances if a colon cancer is caught early enough in its development it can be cured. The key […]

How the Oncotype DX Test Helps Patients and Doctors

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How do patients benefit from the Oncotype DX test? The Oncotype DX test has become a great asset in the fight against colon cancer. The test measures a group of cancer genes in tumors. This information helps doctors predict how the cancer will react to various treatments. Knowledge is power when it comes to treating […]

How Colonoscopy Preparation Has Changed

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Colonoscopy prep has come a long way. When people think about colon cancer screening, colonoscopy preparation is usually the first thing that springs to mind. It seems like everyone has heard a horror story about how terrible the preparation is. Gallons of chalky liquid, fasting and discomfort are thought of to be the norm. However, […]

Why Chemotherapy is Used for Colon Cancer Patients

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What is the purpose of using chemotherapy in patients with colon cancer? It is possible for cancer cells to still be floating around in a patient’s bloodstream after colon cancer surgery. These cells can enter other parts of the body and cause stage four cancer. Dr. Madappa Kundranda says the main purpose of using chemotherapy […]

Will Cancer Spread During Chemotherapy for Colon Cancer?

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What is the likelihood that cancer will spread during chemotherapy for colon cancer? Many patients are concerned about cancer spread during chemotherapy. But, every cancer case is just as different as the patient it affects. Each cancer patient receives a chemotherapy course of treatment that is tailored to their disease. Dr. Madappa Kundranda says he […]


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