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All Colon Cancer Special Reports

The Promise of Personalized Colon Cancer Therapy

What if there was a test that could determine the best treatment regimens for your specific tumor? How about a test that could tell you how likely you are to have a cancer recurrence? A decade ago, doctors could only dream of such tests. But in the not-too-distant future, they will probably be the mainstay of cancer care. More...

How Old Is Too Old for Colorectal Cancer Surgery?

When a reasonably healthy octogenarian gets a diagnosis of colon cancer, the issue of age is bound to come up. How old is too old for colon cancer surgery? What are the risks? What kind of recovery and quality of life can the very elderly expect afterward? Is it worth it? Johns Hopkins explores these questions and others in this Special Report. More...

In the Pipeline: Biomarkers for Detection of Colorectal Cancer

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Flat Colon Lesions: Cause for Concern?

If you asked a group of doctors what they were looking for when they performed a colonoscopy, most would probably describe a typical polyp -- a protruding pink growth that looks like a cauliflower on a stalk. But a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that doctors need to have something else in mind as well: a lesion that is flat or even slightly depressed. … More...

Making Your Colonoscopy Count

What makes a good colonoscopy? A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine reveals that not all doctors use the same degree of care when they look for adenomatous polyps (those that have a risk of developing into colon cancer). In fact, some doctors were four times better than others at finding these adenomas. … More...

Coping With the Mental Side Effects of Chemotherapy

You were warned: Be prepared for the possibility of nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, and hair loss while undergoing chemotherapy. But you were probably not told about that unsettling state of fuzzy thinking, difficulty focusing, and memory loss that you've been experiencing. In this Special Report, Johns Hopkins discusses chemobrain -- and provides nine tips to help you cope. More...

Surviving the Emotional Aftershock of Colorectal Cancer

Cancer changes everything. At first, the focus is on the physical disease and the many decisions around treatment. In that harried time, the psychological and emotional effects of having colon or rectal cancer may not even be on the agenda. In this Special Report, Johns Hopkins reviews professional resources to help you cope emotionally with colorectal cancer. … More...

How Old Is Too Old for Colorectal Cancer Surgery?

When a reasonably healthy octogenarian gets a diagnosis of colon cancer, the issue of age is bound to come up. How old is too old for colon cancer surgery? What are the risks? What kind of recovery and quality of life can the very elderly expect afterward? Is it worth it? Johns Hopkins explores these questions and others in this Special Report. … More...

Alternative and Complementary Therapies for Colon Cancer

Johns Hopkins specialists discuss eight complementary therapies to ease symptoms of colon cancer. The truth: There is no 'natural cancer cure,' and so-called therapies based on that claim have injured many cancer patients -- either directly, because of dangerous 'treatments,' or indirectly, by keeping them from using methods validated by solid research. … More...

Time for Your Colonoscopy? Here are 9 Tips To Make It Easier

Colonoscopy is the 'gold standard' for finding and removing precancerous polyps and colon cancers. But many people delay colonoscopy because of the uncomfortable pre-exam preparation. In this Health Alert Johns Hopkins provides practical advice to help you make the best of this necessary test. There may be a few jokes about colonoscopy, but what you need to do to ensure the doctor a clear view of your colon is not funny: You will have to drink… More...

Colon Cancer Glossary

This Colon Cancer Glossary is derived from The Johns Hopkins White Paper: Colon Cancer. The White Paper gives you the latest information on colorectal cancer, a highly treatable cancer if caught in its early stages. More...

New Tests Ease the Colorectal Screening Process

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How Doctors Grade Colon Cancer

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Laparoscopic Colon Cancer Surgery: A Less Invasive Approach?

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Self-Tests for Colorectal Cancer

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