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Colon / Colorectal Cancer

Caregivers quality of life impacted by the cost of cancer care

A study from University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center researchers surveyed the partners of colorectal cancer patients and found the financial impact of a loved one’s diagnosis also impacts the partner’s health-related quality of life.

Black patients more likely to get emergency colorectal cancer surgery

Undergoing emergency surgery was associated with a higher rate of complications, including death. Out of close to 5,000 patients who underwent any type of surgery for colorectal cancer, 23% had emergency surgery -- but those patients made up 63% of the deaths.

High levels of ammonia in colon cancer tumors inhibit treatment

Most colorectal cancers are insensitive to immune therapies. This research indicates one of the mechanisms leading to this resistance is likely the high level of ammonia that accumulates in the microenvironment.

Rogel researchers get $3 million to improve survivorship care for younger colorectal cancer patients

A team of University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center researchers have received a $3.07 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop a model for long-term surveillance and care of younger adults treated for 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.