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Colon / Colorectal Cancer

Living life with end-stage colon cancer

As Steve Keating lives with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis, he considers how to share his knowledge with others. One way he's found is by joining the Patient and Family Advisory Council at the cancer center.

Colon cancer is impacting younger people

Briana Ratliff was in her mid-thirties when she began to notice blood in her stool and began to worry she might have colon cancer. Due to her age, her doctor dismissed her concern but she followed her instincts at got a second opinion.

Rogel Cancer Center earns prestigious rectal cancer accreditation

The University of Michigan Health Rogel Cancer Center has earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. This recognition signals advanced technical expertise and multidisciplinary care for rectal cancer.

Women Should Screen for Both Colorectal and Cervical Cancer

This research emphasizes the harms of making colorectal cancer screening independent from cervical cancer screening instead of linking them together as part of important preventative care.

New inhibitor shows promise against challenging lung, colon cancers

A new inhibitor designed to target what’s been called an “undruggable” genetic mutation showed promising activity against advanced cancers with this mutation.

U-M Study Offers Clues About How Gut Microbiomes Impact Colorectal Cancer

Some types of gut bacteria are better than others at stimulating certain immune cells, specifically CD8+ T cells, in the body, they found.

How getting a second opinion led to a clean bill of health

For almost a year, Daniel Szkarlat thought his intestinal pain was due to an ulcer. When the symptoms didn't go away, a colonoscopy found he had a large mass. His doctor removed the mass and 33 lymph nodes and said he wouldn't need chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Dan and his wife weren't so sure, so they got a second opinion from John Krauss, M.D., director of the Multidisciplinary Colorectal Cancer Clinic at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.

Using Fitness to Cope with Advanced Colorectal Cancer

Chris Zimmer thought he was in perfect health when he turned 50. But when he went in for his first routine colonoscopy, he was stunned to learn he had a large tumor. More than that, the tumor was stage 4 rectal cancer. While the treatment wasn't easy, Zimmer believes his love of the outdoors and exercise helped him get through the difficult times.