Dating During Cancer
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by Elitedev
1M ago
Without Cancer, dating can be overwhelming and daunting. Add cancer to the equation and it may feel more complex. It is possible to have fun with dating and enjoy connecting with others throughout the cancer process, but it may require a bit more planning. Keep reading for tips on dating during cancer. First things first, self-love and self-compassion…  Cancer can be quite hard on your self-esteem and ability to accept the changes that may be happening in your body. Some folks with colorectal cancer may require an ostomy (and ostomy bag) or surgery, which leave scars and new complexities ..read more
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Ongoing Clinical Trial: A Study of Dostarlimab in Untreated dMMR/MSI-H Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer (AZUR-1)
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by Elitedev
1M ago
This study aims to investigate dostarlimab therapy in patients with locally advanced mismatch-repair deficient (dMMR) / microsatellite instability high (MSI-H) rectal cancer who have not received any previous treatment. Patients who achieve a complete clinical response (no detectable tumour remains) after treatment with dostarlimab will under non-operative management, which includes close monitoring of any potential cancer recurrence. The study findings will be used to determine if dostarlimab therapy alone is effective to treatment dMMR/MSI-H locally advanced rectal cancer, allowing patients ..read more
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The use of ctDNA to determine benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy after surgery
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by Elitedev
1M ago
The use of ctDNA to determine benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy after surgery Findings from a recent study on the potential benefit of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) testing for patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) were presented at the 2024 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium this January. Currently, understanding whether a patient requires additional treatment after surgery is primarily based on their cancer stage and other key risk factors including whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or other tissues and organs (distant metastasis ..read more
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Talk Therapy – Have you heard about it?
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by Elitedev
2M ago
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, it is likely that you have heard of a few different medical therapies. These may include chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, and many more! There are several different therapies that are used during and beyond cancer such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and psychotherapy/talk therapy. Have you heard about Talk therapy or psychotherapy? What is Talk Therapy? You may have heard the words psychosocial support, psychotherapy and/or talk therapy throughout your life – let’s dive into what these words mean. These words can be used interchangeab ..read more
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Where is your stress coming from?
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by Elitedev
2M ago
Author: Carly Fleming, Registered Psychotherapist, Everwell Counselling (everwellcounselling.ca) Stress is a reality for all of us. There is no way to get through life without dealing with stress. On the one hand, it is helpful to approach stress with acceptance in order to live with as much ease as possible. On the other hand, it is important to recognize that large amounts of constant stress can contribute to significant physical and mental health problems (https://health.clevelandclinic.org/can-stress-actually-make-you-sick/). Of course, there are times in life where we are faced with enor ..read more
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Does colon tumour location play a role in metastasis and survival?
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by Elitedev
4M ago
October 2023 Despite being part of the same organ, right- and left-sided colorectal cancer show quite distinct disease characteristics. For example, right-sided tumours tend to show mutations in the DNA mismatch repair pathway (think: microsatellite instability (MSI)) while left-sided tumours tend to show mutations in KRAS, PIK3CA, and p53. The physical appearance of the tumours also differs, with right-sided tumours tending towards a more flattened appearance and left-sided tumours tending to resemble a polyp, or mushroom-like growth. Left-sided tumours tend to respond better to conventional ..read more
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Gut Microbiome Variations and Colorectal Cancer Risk
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by Elitedev
4M ago
October 2023 Recent findings presented at United European Gastroenterology Week demonstrated that patients with precancerous colorectal tumours showed significant variations in their gut microbiome. The connection between the gut microbiome – the totality of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses that colonize the intestines – and precancerous tumours has been underexplored, the researchers indicate. While the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is an existing non-invasive detection method used in the screening of colorectal cancer, it can produce a high number of false-positives. Th ..read more
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Impact of Cancer on the Family: Coping and Supporting Each Other Through a Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis
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by Elitedev
4M ago
A colorectal cancer diagnosis is life-changing and affects not only the patient, but also the entire family. Having a solid support system is important throughout the cancer process, as it can be extremely difficult at times. Family support and connection can make a significant difference in how a patient copes and their quality of life. Coming together as a family and supporting each other through such an emotional medical diagnosis can bring the family closer together and have a positive impact on how well each of you are coping. Some of the emotions you may experience after a family member ..read more
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Shane’s story
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by Elitedev
5M ago
I was diagnosed in April 2022 with stage 3c rectal cancer at 34 with no family history and only some minor symptoms.  At first, I attempted to deal with the symptoms myself, assuming I had hemorrhoids, and put off seeing my doctor out of embarrassment.  I never thought for a second there could be anything seriously wrong with me.  Unfortunately, the whole COVID situation caused some delays and when I finally saw my doctor, he also thought it was hemorrhoids, so I was booked for a banding procedure.  It was when I woke up following this procedure that I was given the news ..read more
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Predicting recurrence in CRC using post-operative circulating tumour DNA
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by Elitedev
5M ago
September 2023 Circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) refers to the fragments of genetic material (DNA) from tumours that can be detected in the blood. A ctDNA negative result means that no remaining cancer was detected by the test. While this does not guarantee that the cancer will not come back, studies show that patients who are ctDNA negative after the end of treatment have a lower chance of experiencing a cancer recurrence. A ctDNA positive result means that fragments of tumour DNA were detected in the blood, indicating the presence of residual or remaining cancer cells. Studies show that patien ..read more
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