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Predicting SIR-Spheres® microspheres Treatment Outcomes for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (March 5, 2014)

Pre-treatment laboratory tests may play a key role in predicting patient outcomes prior to selective internal radiation therapy for metastatic colorectal cancer, while a new modeling technology for enhancing delivery of treatment could improve treatment... Continue Reading

Stool Test Spots Most Colon Cancers (February 19, 2014)

A stool test known as the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is accurate in diagnosing most colorectal cancers, according to a meta-analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Screening is crucial for the prevention and early detection of colorectal... Continue Reading

Colorectal Cancer Screening Works Over Long-Term (October 4, 2013)

The results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest that it pays to follow colorectal cancer screening recommendations—and people who do follow the guidelines are less likely to develop colon cancer than people who do not. Colorectal... Continue Reading

End-of-Life Care Remains Aggressive, Despite Patient Wishes (September 16, 2013)

Although most patients with advanced cancer prefer hospice or palliative care that minimizes symptoms, many continue to receive aggressive treatment during their final weeks and months of life. In fact, elderly patients with advanced cancer often receive... Continue Reading

Low-Dose Aspirin Reduces Colon Cancer Risk in Women (August 7, 2013)

Women who take a low-dose aspirin every other day have a reduced risk of colon cancer, according to the results of a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine—however, the benefit carries with it a risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.[1] Colorectal... Continue Reading

Biomarker Could Potentially Help Detect Colorectal Cancer (July 29, 2013)

Blood levels of miR-21, a piece of DNA known as microRNA, could serve as a promising biomarker for the early detection and prognosis of colorectal cancer, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Colorectal... Continue Reading

Aspirin’s Preventive Effect for Colorectal Cancer Linked to Genotype (July 24, 2013)

Aspirin’s preventive effect for colorectal cancer may be limited to tumors without a genetic mutation known as BRAF, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.[1] Colorectal cancer remains the... Continue Reading

Erbitux Plus Chemo Boosts Survival in Patients with Colorectal Cancer and Liver Metastases (May 29, 2013)

Adding Erbitux® (cetuximab) to standard chemotherapy might allow some patients with colorectal cancer and inoperable liver metastases to undergo successful surgical resection of the liver metastasis, according to the results of a study published in the Journal... Continue Reading

Following Lifestyle Recommendations Reduces Risk of Cancer Death (May 15, 2013)

People who follow the diet and lifestyle recommendations laid out by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) have a 34 percent reduced risk of dying from several diseases and specifically, a 20 percent... Continue Reading

Cancer Deaths on the Decline (February 11, 2013)

Overall cancer death rates continue to decline in both men and women and across major ethnic and racial groups, according to the annual Status of Cancer report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. What’s more—cancer incidence... Continue Reading

Latest Rectal Cancer News By Stage


Recurrent/Relapsed Rectal Cancer

Predicting SIR-Spheres® microspheres Treatment Outcomes for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (March 5, 2014)

Pre-treatment laboratory tests may play a key role in predicting patient outcomes prior to selective internal radiation therapy for metastatic colorectal cancer, while a new modeling technology for enhancing delivery of treatment could improve treatment... Continue Reading

Erbitux Plus Chemo Boosts Survival in Patients with Colorectal Cancer and Liver Metastases (May 29, 2013)

Adding Erbitux® (cetuximab) to standard chemotherapy might allow some patients with colorectal cancer and inoperable liver metastases to undergo successful surgical resection of the liver metastasis, according to the results of a study published in the Journal... Continue Reading

Aspirin May Prolong Life in PIK3CA-Mutated Colorectal Cancers (November 6, 2012)

Daily aspirin use improves survival among patients with mutated-PIK3CA colorectal cancer, according to the results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related death... Continue Reading

Zaltrap Approved for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (August 15, 2012)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zaltrap® (ziv-aflibercept) for use in combination with the FOLFIRI chemotherapy regimen (folinic acid, fluorouracil, and ironotecan) to treat adults with metastatic colorectal cancer. Colorectal... Continue Reading

Regorafenib Shows Promise Against Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (January 19, 2012)

The investigational drug regorafenib improves survival and delays cancer progression among patients with metastatic colorectal cancer that has worsened in spite of other treatments. These results will be presented at the 2012 Gastrointestinal Cancers... Continue Reading

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Screening/Prevention Rectal Cancer

Stool Test Spots Most Colon Cancers (February 19, 2014)

A stool test known as the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is accurate in diagnosing most colorectal cancers, according to a meta-analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Screening is crucial for the prevention and early detection of colorectal... Continue Reading

Colorectal Cancer Screening Works Over Long-Term (October 4, 2013)

The results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest that it pays to follow colorectal cancer screening recommendations—and people who do follow the guidelines are less likely to develop colon cancer than people who do not. Colorectal... Continue Reading

Low-Dose Aspirin Reduces Colon Cancer Risk in Women (August 7, 2013)

Women who take a low-dose aspirin every other day have a reduced risk of colon cancer, according to the results of a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine—however, the benefit carries with it a risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.[1] Colorectal... Continue Reading

Biomarker Could Potentially Help Detect Colorectal Cancer (July 29, 2013)

Blood levels of miR-21, a piece of DNA known as microRNA, could serve as a promising biomarker for the early detection and prognosis of colorectal cancer, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Colorectal... Continue Reading

Aspirin’s Preventive Effect for Colorectal Cancer Linked to Genotype (July 24, 2013)

Aspirin’s preventive effect for colorectal cancer may be limited to tumors without a genetic mutation known as BRAF, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.[1] Colorectal cancer remains the... Continue Reading

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Stage IV Rectal Cancer

Predicting SIR-Spheres® microspheres Treatment Outcomes for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (March 5, 2014)

Pre-treatment laboratory tests may play a key role in predicting patient outcomes prior to selective internal radiation therapy for metastatic colorectal cancer, while a new modeling technology for enhancing delivery of treatment could improve treatment... Continue Reading

Erbitux Plus Chemo Boosts Survival in Patients with Colorectal Cancer and Liver Metastases (May 29, 2013)

Adding Erbitux® (cetuximab) to standard chemotherapy might allow some patients with colorectal cancer and inoperable liver metastases to undergo successful surgical resection of the liver metastasis, according to the results of a study published in the Journal... Continue Reading

Aspirin May Prolong Life in PIK3CA-Mutated Colorectal Cancers (November 6, 2012)

Daily aspirin use improves survival among patients with mutated-PIK3CA colorectal cancer, according to the results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related death... Continue Reading

Zaltrap Approved for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (August 15, 2012)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zaltrap® (ziv-aflibercept) for use in combination with the FOLFIRI chemotherapy regimen (folinic acid, fluorouracil, and ironotecan) to treat adults with metastatic colorectal cancer. Colorectal... Continue Reading

Regorafenib Shows Promise Against Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (January 19, 2012)

The investigational drug regorafenib improves survival and delays cancer progression among patients with metastatic colorectal cancer that has worsened in spite of other treatments. These results will be presented at the 2012 Gastrointestinal Cancers... Continue Reading

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Stages I-III Rectal Cancer

Aspirin May Prolong Life in PIK3CA-Mutated Colorectal Cancers (November 6, 2012)

Daily aspirin use improves survival among patients with mutated-PIK3CA colorectal cancer, according to the results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related death... Continue Reading

Adjuvant Therapy May Offer Survival Benefit in Older Patients with Colorectal Cancer (September 11, 2012)

Adjuvant chemotherapy appears to offer a survival benefit to patients aged 75 years or older who have surgically resected colorectal cancer, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Colorectal cancer is the second... Continue Reading

Rectal Cancer Patients May Benefit from Higher Dose of Preoperative Radiation (October 12, 2011)

Among rectal cancer patients treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy prior to surgery, providing a higher dose of radiation therapy (50 Gy rather than 45 Gy) may reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. These results were presented at the 53rd Annual... Continue Reading

African Americans Most Willing to Exhaust Resources for Life-Extending Care (May 5, 2011)

African Americans who are diagnosed with lung or colorectal cancer may be more willing than Whites to expend all personal financial resources in order to extend their lives. Other minority groups also appear more likely than Whites to use personal resources.... Continue Reading

Pathological Complete Response Predicts Better Outcomes in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer Patients (August 25, 2010)

Among patients with locally advanced rectal cancer, a complete disappearance of detectable cancer (pathological complete response) after preoperative chemoradiation therapy is linked with better long-term outcomes. These findings were recently published... Continue Reading

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