Colorectal Cancer Overview

Colorectal Cancer Treatment in NYCColon cancer occurs in the rectum or colon, the large intestine which serves as the passageway between the colon and anus.

When caught early, colon cancer is treatable. Even after spreading to lymph nodes, surgery accompanied by chemo treatment means recovery is 90%. Although more difficult, treatment combined with surgery can add to the quality of life.

Most colon cancers are first found as colorectal polyps which are abnormal growths inside the colon which may become cancerous.

Affecting both men and women of all ethnic and racial groups, colon cancer is found more often in people age 50 and over. The third most common cancer in America, only lung and prostate carcinomas in men and lung and breast tumors in women, colon cancer, is the second foremost cause of cancer-caused death.

While more than 50,000 people died in 2013 of colon cancer, the numbers can be reduced by having a regular screening test. Surveys indicate that as many as 80% of colon cancer caused deaths are preventable through early detection.

 

PACCE Clinical Trial

A study from June 2005 through October 2006  investigated a new colorectal cancer treatment known as PACCE (Panitumumab Advance Colorectal Cancer Evaluation)

PACCE is a Phase 3 clinical trial designed to judge the effects of using two cancer therapies in combination with chemotherapy.

Colorectal Cancer Doctor in NYCHealthcare organizations stopped enrolling patients in the PACCE trial in 2006, with outcomes are still being reported with the latest clinical trial being reported on January 28, 2016. The treatments used in the study are chemotherapy, a medication called bevacizumab and panitumumab. Patients who joined the trial were treated either with chemotherapy and bevacizumab or with panitumumab as a supplement to chemotherapy and bevacizumab.

 

Screening, Prevention, and Detox

Screening

Special screening programs are used for individuals with a family history of colon cancer.  Screening colonoscopies should be received more often for persons with a personal history of colon cancer or polyps.

Prevention

Researchers are studying the effects of curcumin, seen in curry, resveratrol, found in red wine and ginger in the growth and spread of colon cancer.

Recent research suggests that diets high in fiber and low in fat play a significant role in prevention — although how great a role is still unclear. Diet and exercise also help in preventing certain forms of colorectal cancer.

Detox

In most cases, a detox program helps trigger a paradigm change in attitude towards diet, nutrition and toxin removal. Diet plays an essential role in preventing colorectal cancer with fruits and vegetables being the main ingredients of a healthy diet.

Detoxification can be an efficient process to remove toxins. The body’s natural detoxification system has not evolved to the point of dealing with man-made pollutants. As environmental toxins increase, there is  no surprise that the majority of people seem to be at a level of toxicity past the point where the body’s response can cope.

Detoxification kits may be purchased at health food stores or a qualified practitioner. As usual, be sure to discuss detoxification options with your physician before using.

Colon cancer isn’t necessarily the death sentence it once was. With improved detection and state-of-the-art treatment, 90% of people who have colon cancer are still alive 5 years after being diagnosed.

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