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Colon / Colorectal Cancer

Art therapy helped a patient share her true feelings about cancer

Lesli Bailey was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to her liver. The Art Therapy Program sparked her creativity and gave her an outlet for coping with her cancer.

Personalized care may prevent overscreening for colorectal cancer in older adults

Colorectal cancer screening is widely recommended for adults ages 45 to 75 with an average risk of developing the disease. However, many people don’t realize that the benefits of screening for this type of cancer aren’t always the same for older adults.

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.