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Colon Club Board Member Profile: Ashley Flynn

July 7, 2019
Hi everyone! Take a seat, sit back, and prepare to be shocked as I tell you a little bit about myself and this evil thing called colorectal cancer. I believe that colon cancer entered my life in 2008 when I was 21 years old. It was during this time, that I was having small amounts of…

Routine Disruption

June 6, 2019
By Diana Sloan Today I am sitting in The Gazebo at MD Anderson Cancer Center waiting to meet my new oncologist. My previous oncologist has moved to a new opportunity, so I have been reassigned. This has been a little stressful because it is a disruption in my stage IV routine. Yes, I actually…

Colon Club Board Member Profile: Rob Vite

May 5, 2019
My name is Rob Vite. I am 37 years old. I am a five year colon cancer survivor, and this is my story: I grew up playing sports, but I lived for football. It was my passion, release, fight and glory. As an athlete, football taught me how to connect with my body. When I started experiencing…

“It’s Okay to Not Be Okay in March” by Diana Sloan

April 4, 2019
As many of you know, March was Colorectal Cancer awareness month. For long-term survivors or patients like me it is a blessing and extremely hard at the same time. Don’t get me wrong. I loved seeing all the blue love out there. I also loved seeing people spreading the word about screening,…

Moving Forward

March 3, 2019
By Leighann Sturgin After several tests and biopsies over the last four weeks, I’ve unfortunately been diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer. For those who understand these things it’s T3N2. After having my colon removed in 2004, I only had about 8” of rectum left. I should’ve had what my…

2019 On The Rise

February 2, 2019

When Should I do a Clinical Trial? By Dr. Laura Porter

January 1, 2019
  An important question to ask regarding clinical trials is when is it appropriate to look for clinical trials? The short answer is immediately, and I will tell you why. Less than 3% of people with cancer participate in clinical. Not only is this a result of misconceptions but also…

"Not the News I Wanted" A Guest Blog Post by Danielle Ripley-Burgess

November 11, 2018
  I had dreams of posting a blog about my colonoscopy earlier this week and sharing that I was polyp-free and the coast was clear in my colon. Although I didn’t leave the clinic like I have in previous years, worried and concerned cancer was growing in my body, I didn’t leave like I’d…

Treatments for Colorectal Cancer: A Guide by Dr. Laura Porter

October 10, 2018
  Today I want to talk about the mechanisms of action of various treatments for colorectal cancer.  There are three different categories of systemic or drug treatment. Chemotherapy This treatment uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by…

New to Chemo? Survivors Share their Tips

October 10, 2018
  One of the most intimidating parts of a cancer diagnosis is beginning chemotherapy. Patients wonder what to expect and what they need to have to make treatment easier. It is important to understand all patients should communicate clearly and openly about their side effects with their…