1. Location Matters with Colorectal Cancer

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    Location, location, location. As with many things, it counts when it comes to colorectal cancer. Disease that affects the lower GI tract is divided into colon and rectal cancer. They are treated differently based on location. “Colon cancer is a bit more straightforward. Usually you just take it out and if the lymph nodes are positive then you get chemo,” says Dr. Janette Gaw, who is a colorectal surgeon on medical staff of Lee Memorial Health System. Ken Lemme learned firsthand. A large tumor in his colon reached down to the rectum; requiring extra steps to treatment. “I started radiation treatments in December. I had 28 treatments and February 17th I was in the hospital doing surgery,” says Lemme. When treating rectal cancer, radiation and chemo typically come first. Followed by surgery and many times, more chemo. “I am in the end of that segment now. I’ve got two more weeks of chemotherapy,” says Lemme. Rectal cancer has deeper implications because the lower GI tract is situated inside the pelvis. A small space, it makes getting clear margins during surgery more difficult. Undergoing treatment first leads to greater success. “Chemo and radiation, when you receive it beforehand it helps with the surgery because it shrinks the tumor and also decreases the local recurrence,” says Dr. Gaw. Historically, patients with rectal cancer faced a permanent colostomy. Now it is often a temporary state. “Once that area heals then we just reverse them and so they can go to the bathroom normally,” says Dr. Gaw. “I was lucky enough to be where I am and able to get it early enough and to be able to move on,” says Lemme. A tough diagnosis, with the right approach to treatment, rectal cancer still has good outcomes. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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    • Oh Dear

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      "I have a family history of colon cancer and realized I need to get checked soon before the age of 40." - Adeline Mael

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      • Faster Healing for Abdominal Surgery

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        Digestive disorders are giving millions in this country a pain in the gut - from Crohn’s disease and colitis to diverticulitis - which indicates small pouches in the digestive tract that may become painful and infected. “Diverticular disease is very common in our country; we don’t eat enough fibers,” says Dr. Kiet Doan, who is a general surgeon with Lee Memorial Health System. A last resort for many of these issues is surgery. Called a colon resection, doctors cut out the damaged tissue. “We are removing a portion of the colon and the majority of time putting it all back together,” says Dr. Doan. Colon surgery is known for being ‘gut wrenching’, but that may be changing. Patients used to spend between seven and ten days in the hospital following a major operation which opened the body from sternum to pubic bone. Now, doctors are using laparoscopic techniques to shrink surgery and healing times. “There are three to four incisions that are less than an inch. And then one incision about two to two and a half inches to remove the specimen. And the patients go home usually in three days. The average length of stay is three days,” says Dr. Doan. These gains are made possible by smaller tools and better views; giving surgeons the vision the need to operate through small spaces. “With the new technology, we’re not just seeing a picture that we see in TV and analog, we see in 3D and HD,” says Dr. Doan. Less invasive, laparoscopic surgery is also a game-changer for hernia operations and colon cancer. Getting people out of the hospital quickly and on the road to recovery. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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        • Miracle Crusade Against Cancer - Jesus is Coming - Face to Face! Miracles, Signs, Wonders, & Cures!!

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          Joshua Media Ministries, Int'l PO BOX 1270 Florissant, MO 63031 visit www.joshuamediaministries.org For prayer request, donations, products, or times and dates to the next Miracle Crusades, call 1(877) THE GLORY Thank you for your continued support

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          • Steven Hoog's Final Message to his Family & Friends

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            On December 16, 2013 I conducted an interview with Steven Hoog in the garage of his home in Tulsa Oklahoma. With two cameras, audio and lighting, a couple of chairs, a guitar, bible, Corvette and automotive themed background we started the effort that Steve put into motion. To start off with Steve chose to give a detailed summary of his life's journey in a timeline format. This is just a part of what Steve and I captured that day... the important part that he wanted to communicate. I count it an honor to have been a part of this project that was Steven's idea to do and I'm sure it will be cherished by all those who knew him. Please feel free to download this video for your own archives. Vimeo provides options for different file formats and it is an easy process, just be sure to put it somewhere safe where you can find it later. ;)

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            • HERACLES and Other Colorectal Cancer Findings

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              Eric Van Cutsem, MD, PhD, of University Hospitals Gasthuisberg/Leuven and Axel Grothey, MD, of the Mayo Clinic discuss the Italian-led study on trastuzumab and lapatinib in HER2-amplified metastatic colorectal as well as other colorectal cancer findings discussed at ASCO. (Abstract 3508)

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              • Young People May Need Colonoscopy

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                Only a fraction of people who should get a colonoscopy actually do- if it’s a hard sell for people at the recommended age of fifty- it’s a long-shot for a younger generation. But in many cases, their life could depend on it. “A lot of times I’ll see patients in the office who’ll say ‘I’m 45 I really don’t need a colonoscopy and I don’t really know why I’m here Dr. Moenning’ and I say ‘well you’re here because you have symptoms.’” Dr. Moenning is a colorectal surgeon with Lee Memorial Health System. Beginning at age 50, both men and women of average risk should undergo a screening to look for polyps that lead to colorectal cancer. The exception is people who fall into a high-risk category. “You have a strong family history of colon cancer - who is defined as someone who may be a parent or a first degree relative. In addition high risk groups would be defined as somebody who they themselves have a history of colon polyp, they may have a history of ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s colitis,” says Dr. Moenning. Even two decades ago it was rare to find patients in their 20s, 30s or 40s with colorectal cancer. Now it is less surprising. The number of young-to-middle aged people is steadily climbing and studies predict that to continue. Experts believe young people should be proactive when it comes to any symptoms. “Just because you have abdominal pain does not mean you have colon cancer. But if you look at all those symptoms and in aggregate you say ‘is this normal for somebody’s whose 35 years old to have GI bleeding, is it normal to have this degree of abdominal pain?’ If we educate them, it gives them an opportunity to take control of their own health,” says Dr. Moenning. The later cancer is picked up the poorer the prognosis. So acting aggressive with any unusual bowel activity is the smart move. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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                • Michelle's story

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                  Be aware, and help raise awareness!

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                  • The Increasing Role of Genomics in Colorectal Cancer

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                    Medical oncologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Stacey Shiovitz, specializes in genetics and colorectal cancer. She discusses a new approach to research that is helping with treatment selections for patients. In addition to looking at the tumor size and growth, doctors are now looking at the DNA within the tumor. The progress has been made in moving away from just looking at the stage of the cancer and focusing more on the genes. Dr. Shiovitz encourages patients to speak with their health care team about specific characteristics of their tumors, because it can assist with treatment eligibility and maximize their potential of acquiring the best treatment options.

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                    • Solving a Colon Cancer Mystery

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                      For links to all the cited sources, a written transcript, commentary from Dr. Greger, as well as discussion and Q&A about this video, go to: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/solving-a-colon-cancer-mystery

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