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Amazing Things: Sandy Kyrkostas - Victory Over Stage IV Colon Cancer

by GregP_WN

Originally Posted on Health Matters, Stories of Science, Care, and Wellness by New York Presbyterian

When this TV and film producer was diagnosed at 47 with aggressive colon cancer, doctors gave him little hope – until he met Dr. Manish Shah.

Sandy And Michelle Kyrkostas

Sandy Kyrkostas isn’t the kind of guy who lets life’s little challenges get in his way.

So in late 2013, when he noticed he was having diarrhea, coughing a bit, and occasionally feeling dizzy, he went to the drugstore to get some meds. He also made an...

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer, after lung and breast cancer (excluding skin cancer). Approximately 140,000 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the past year — 97,220 new cases of colon cancer (49,690 men and 47,530 women) and 43,030 new cases of rectal cancer (25,920 men and 17,110 women). Ninety percent (90%) of all colorectal cancer occurs in people over 50. Colorectal cancer accounts for just over 50,000 deaths...

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The Top 10 Questions Colon Cancer Patients Are Asking

by GregP_WN

When we are diagnosed with cancer we immediately have all sorts of things running through our minds. Questions start popping up about everything from will I die, to will treatment hurt, and how long will all of this take? A survey of our WhatNext Colon Cancer Community revealed these top 10 questions that colon cancer patients are asking. 

1) Does a port implant hurt to have put in?

Port Installation

"I am having a power port done on Saturday because my veins keep blowing. I have been told...

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Colorectal Cancer Patients Share Their Experiences

by GregP_WN
Living With Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal adenocarcinoma is a type of colon/rectal tumor originating in the glands that produce the mucus that coat the inside of the colon/rectal area. The cancerous cells may spread into the walls of the colon and then into the lymphatic system. Cancer becomes more of risk when polyps (benign tumors formed by abnormal growth) turn cancerous. Colorectal adenocarcinoma progresses slowly and sometimes is not detected for 5 years. Noticeable signs include irregular bowel habits like...

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Living With Colorectal Cancer

by GregP_WN

Colorectal adenocarcinoma is a type of colon/rectal tumor originating in the glands that produce the mucus that coat the inside of the colon/rectal area. The cancerous cells may spread into the walls of the colon and then into the lymphatic system. The cancer becomes more of risk when polyps (benign tumors formed by abnormal growth) turn cancerous. Colorectal adenocarcinoma progresses slowly and sometimes is not detected for 5 years. 

Living With Colorectal Cancer

Noticeable signs include irregular bowel habits like...

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So You're Getting a Colostomy? This is What it's Like

by Michael Holtz

So You're Getting A Colostomy

Editor's Note - Our Blog Post today is from Michael Holtz, a WhatNexter and Stage 3b-colon cancer survivor who has been through treatment and dealt with everything that a cancer diagnosis throws at us, then was given the news that he would have to wear a colostomy bag. Not only has he dealt with it like a boss but has gone on to prove to himself and everyone who will notice, that having a colostomy doesn't mean your life and all your activities are over. Have a read of his contribution...

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Cardiac Arrest to Stage IV Colon Cancer: Still a Survivor!

by GregP_WN

Meet our WhatNexter of the Week, William Sams, in this picture, he has just survived cardiac arrest, being shocked back to life 3 times and having had an Automatic Installed Cardiac Defibrillator (AICD) implanted. he is with his Wife and kids, happy to have survived such an ordeal. Little did he know that this wasn't going to be the hardest fight of his life. 

William Sams After Cadiac Arrest

William, his Wife and kids in the hospital after having had surgery for the implant

William had served almost 14...

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March Cancer Awareness Events

by GregP_WN

March has Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month, Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Lymphedema Awareness Month, International Women's Day, Kick Butts Day and Anal Cancer Awareness Day.

Click the links below each for more information.

Colon Cancer Sp Logo

Colon Cancer Warrior Profile Picture

For more information about Colorectal-Colon cancer

 Guide to Colorectal Cancer from Cancer.net

Colorectal Cancer Experiences Page at WhatNext

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A WhatNexter's Fight - Colon Cancer - Still Standing After Surgery, Chemo, Radiation

by GregP_WN

WhatNexter of The Week RobieFlores' Story 

Hi, my name is Robert Anthony Flores, but you can call me Robbie. In December of 2011 I told my primary Dr. that I thought I had a hemorrhoid , I had blood in my stool, and that I also had a cyst on my bottom left buttock. I'm a meat cutter, and I had no obvious symptoms. No lack of appetite, no fatigue. 

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So my Dr. attempted to remove my cyst , he tried for two hours took out what he could and sewed me up. 10 days later I go...

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10 Times Raising Cancer Awareness Made Us Laugh

by GregP_WN

We all know that raising awareness for cancer causes is an important way to raise funds for research and treatment, and encourage people to get screened. But how can you capture the public’s imagination and stand out in the Awareness Crowd when there are more than 200 days of national observation promoting disease awareness.

Whats Up Your Butt

Colon Cancer Awareness (USA)

One answer is to unleash the power of humor! Here is a look at raising awareness around the country, and other parts of the world.

Colonoscopy Inner Beauty

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