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FDA Approves Clenpiq (sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide, and anhydrous citric acid) Oral Solution for Colonoscopy Prep

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

Parsippany, NJ – November 29, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. approval to market Clenpiq (sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide, and anhydrous citric acid) oral solution for cleansing of the colon in adults undergoing a colonoscopy. With availability planned in Q1 2018, Clenpiq will be the only FDA-approved prescription colonoscopy prep that comes “ready-to-drink”. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.1 Colonoscopies can help reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer and deaths associated with this disease.2,3,4 "Successful bowel prep is critical for gastroenterologists to clearly see the inside of the colon during a colonoscopy. The sheer volume of a prescribed bowel prep solution can be a barrier for some patients to adequately complete their prep regim ... Read more

Related support groups: Colonoscopy, Bowel Preparation, Prepopik, Citric Acid/magnesium Oxide/sodium Picosulfate, Clenpiq

Don't Fret Delays in Treating Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Delays in colon cancer treatment may not increase the risk of death, according to a new study. Canadian researchers examined data from more than 900 people diagnosed with stage 1 to stage 3 colon cancer. Some began treatment within a month of diagnosis, and others started treatment either 30 to 59 days, 60 to 89 days, 90 to 119 days or more than four months after diagnosis. The average time between diagnosis and the start of treatment was 38 days. Delaying treatment had no effect on overall survival or on people remaining cancer-free, the researchers said. The study appears in the December issue of the journal Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. The researchers hope their findings "will result in discussion regarding the appropriateness of the existing recommendations regarding optimal wait time to surgery targets," said study author Dr. Kerollos Wanis, from ... Read more

Related support groups: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Study Untangles Disparity in Colon Cancer Survival Rates

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Health insurance and tumor characteristics are major reasons for the differences in colon cancer survival rates between blacks and whites in the United States, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from nearly 200,000 Americans with colon cancer, ages 18-64, and found that the five-year survival rate was 66.5 percent for whites and 57.3 percent for blacks – a difference of 9.2 percentage points. But when the researchers looked at people with similar insurance coverage, that difference was cut nearly in half, to 4.9 percentage points. When they matched tumor characteristics, the survival differences fell to 2.3 percentage points. The study was published online Nov. 13 in the journal Gastroenterology. "These findings reinforce the importance of equitable health insurance coverage to mitigate the survival disparity between black versus white [colon ... Read more

Related support groups: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Diagnosis and Investigation, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Fiber-Rich Diet Boosts Survival From Colon Cancer

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – A diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer, a new study suggests. Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every 5 grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25 percent, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. He is an associate professor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "What you eat after you've been diagnosed may make a difference," Chan said. "There is a possibility that increasing your intake of fiber may actually lower the rate of dying from colon cancer and maybe even other causes." Chan cautioned, however, that the study does not prove that the additional fiber caused people to live longer, only that the two were associated. Fiber has been linked to better insulin control and less inflammation, which may account for better survival, he suggested. In addition, a ... Read more

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Should Colon Cancer Screening Start at 45, not 50?

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – Currently, people at average risk of colon cancer are told to start screening for the disease at age 50. But a new study raises the question of whether earlier screening could be better. Looking at more than 6,000 patients who underwent colonoscopies, French researchers found the rate of abnormal colon growths started to rise sharply at age 45. Among 45- to 49-year-old patients, 26 percent showed growths called adenomas – a type of polyp that could eventually become cancerous. That compared with 13 percent of patients ages 40 to 44. In addition, so-called "neoplastic" growths were found in nearly 4 percent of patients ages 45 to 49 – versus only 0.8 percent of people in their early 40s. A neoplasm refers to a new, uncontrolled growth of abnormal tissue, which can be cancerous or not. According to lead researcher Dr. David Karsenti, the preliminary findings ... Read more

Related support groups: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Need Cancer Screening? Where You Work Matters

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Waiters, contractors and other employees of America's small businesses are more likely to miss out on cancer screening, mostly because of a lack of insurance, new research shows. "Workers employed at smaller organizations had substantially lower breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening rates" compared to people working at larger corporations or organizations, American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers reported. And poorer insurance coverage accounted for much of these differences, said the team led by ACS researcher Stacey Fedewa. One breast cancer specialist who reviewed the findings said the issue is an important one, because mammograms, colonoscopies and other screens can save lives – not to mention health care dollars. So it's crucial to "find ways to ensure that workers in smaller companies have access to health care," said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Breast Cancer - Adjuvant, Cervical Cancer, Breast Cancer, Prevention

Here's the Recipe to Keep Colon Cancer at Bay

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – For reducing colon cancer risk, whole grains and regular exercise are a must, while processed meats and alcohol should be limited, a large research review finds. Three servings (about 3 ounces) a day of whole grains – such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread – may lower colon cancer risk by 17 percent, according to a new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund International. And greater consumption of whole grains confers even more protection, said the researchers, who evaluated close to 100 studies. Among more than 29 million adult participants, about 250,000 had colon cancer. "The extensive review of the scientific literature revealed that colorectal cancer is largely preventable through a healthy diet and lifestyle," said report panel member Dr. Edward Giovannucci. "Maintaining a healthy body weight, ... Read more

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Deaths From Colon Cancer Up Among Younger White Americans

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Colon cancer is claiming the lives of more younger, white Americans, a troubling new report shows. "It's quite perplexing. It's not understood why this is happening, and that makes it even more concerning," said lead author Rebecca Siegel, strategic director of surveillance information services for the American Cancer Society. Also alarming is that this hike in colon cancer incidence and deaths doesn't seem to be the result of more colon cancer screening. "It's probably a real increase among young people," Siegel noted. An examination of trends from 1970 through 2014 found the uptick most pronounced for aggressive cancer that spreads from the colon to other body organs. "What's disturbing is that colon cancer is detectable and curable when detected early," said Dr. Darrell Gray, of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Because colon cancer is ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Diagnosis and Investigation, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

$100 Sweetens the Pot for a Colonoscopy

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – It appears that $100 might go a long way toward convincing someone to get a colonoscopy. New research found that such a cash incentive doubled the chances that older adults were screened for colon cancer. "Colonoscopy is challenging for patients, requiring a day off from work, a bowel-cleansing preparation, and transportation, in addition to non-financial costs of anxiety and discomfort," said study author Dr. Shivan Mehta. He's an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. "The improvement we saw in the rate of screening colonoscopies was statistically significant, and shows for the first time that a financial incentive can at least modestly boost that rate," Mehta added in a university news release. Colon cancer kills more than 50,000 people in the United States every year, second only to lung cancer. But most potential ... Read more

Related support groups: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Diagnosis and Investigation, Body Imaging, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Easier Colon Exam Boosts Screening, But Insurers May Not Pay

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – People with insurance that covers virtual colonoscopy are nearly 50 percent more likely to get screened for colon cancer, a new study shows. Like traditional colonoscopy, the newer, virtual test can detect precancerous polyps and cancer, but it's less invasive. It uses CT technology to see inside the colon. The American Cancer Society recommends so-called CT colonography as one way to screen people for colon cancer starting at age 50, but not all insurance companies cover it. Only about two-thirds of people who should be screened for colon cancer actually get tested, said the study's lead author, Dr. Maureen Smith. She is a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. "CT colonography is a newer technology that can detect both pre-cancer and cancer, but because it's relatively new it isn't widely covered by insurance ... Read more

Related support groups: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Diagnosis and Investigation, Body Imaging, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer Shows Early Promise

Posted 24 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 – Scientists say they've developed a new blood test for identifying pancreatic cancer – a step that might eventually allow earlier diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is a particularly deadly type of tumor because it's often detected too late for effective treatment. The still-experimental test detects a bundle of proteins churned out by pancreatic tumors. And it appears to be more accurate than a currently available test for a protein called CA19-9, according to the study findings. That CA 19-9 test is "very imperfect," said Dr. Cesar Castro, one of the researchers on the new study. For one, levels of CA 19-9 often rise only in the later stages of pancreatic cancer, according to Castro, an oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Plus, a spike in the protein is not specific to the cancer. It can go up when the pancreas is inflamed, for example, or when ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer

Blacks More Prone to Colon Cancers That Arise Between Colonoscopies: Study

Posted 23 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Colon cancer guidelines now recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50 for people at average risk for the disease. But a new study finds that older black Americans are far more likely than whites to develop a colon cancer in the decade-long gap between these screenings. Some of this may be due to where black patients receive their colonoscopy, the researchers said. "Blacks and other minorities more frequently received colonoscopies from physicians with lower [colon] polyp detection rates, suggesting there was lower quality of care," said study lead author Stacey Fedewa, a researcher with the American Cancer Society. Speaking in society news release, she said the findings "are consistent with previous reports that blacks were more likely to receive health care from physicians in lower resource settings." In the study, Fedewa's team tracked data ... Read more

Related support groups: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Nuts! Good Medicine for Colon Cancer Survivors?

Posted 18 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – Colon cancer patients might improve their chances of survival if they eat nuts along with an overall healthy diet and regular exercise, two new studies report. In a seven-year study, patients successfully treated for stage 3 colon cancer who ate at least 2 ounces of nuts a week had a 42 percent lower chance of their cancer coming back and a 57 percent lower risk of dying from the disease. Stage 3 means the cancer may have spread to surrounding tissues, but hasn't spread to distant organs. These preliminary findings jibe with those of a second trial. That study found that colon cancer survivors with the highest healthy lifestyle scores – eating right, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight – had a 42 percent lower risk of death than those with the lowest scores. Both studies are scheduled for presentation next month at the annual meeting of the American ... Read more

Related support groups: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Get Ready for Your 'Capsule Robot' Colon Cancer Check

Posted 8 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 – Not looking forward to your next colonoscopy? Don't worry – in the future, a tiny capsule less than an inch long may navigate your colon to check for cancer risk, scientists report. Researchers at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center used magnets to guide the tethered "capsule robot" through a pig's colon. "Not only is the capsule robot able to actively maneuver through the GI tract to perform diagnostics, it is also able to perform therapeutic maneuvers, such as biopsies of tissue or polyp removal, due to the tether – something that other capsule devices are unable to do," lead researcher Dr. Keith Obstein explained. His team said the magnetized capsule robot is 0.7 inches long and inserted rectally. It's then guided through the colon by using an external magnet that's attached to a robotic arm. The capsule also has an attached tether that is much ... Read more

Related support groups: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Delay a Needed Colonoscopy at Your Own Risk

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – People who wait too long to get a colonoscopy after a "positive" screening test for colon cancer may face a heightened risk of the disease, a new study finds. The study asked a fundamental question: If a stool test suggests someone might have cancer, how long can someone safely wait to have a colonoscopy? Colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end to allow your doctor to see inside your colon. The study found that some delay appeared to cause no harm. People who had a follow-up colonoscopy within 10 months faced no greater risk of colon cancer than those who had their colonoscopy within one month. But when the wait was longer, the cancer risk rose. After 10 months, the risk of colon cancer was roughly 50 percent to two times greater. And the odds of being diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer were two to three times ... Read more

Related support groups: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Diagnosis and Investigation, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

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