Archive for the ‘Treatment’ Category

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


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 what is required from the clinical trials sites. Many people see clinical trials as a last-ditch effort, but this is not the truth. Most clinical trials for colorectal cancer require …

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


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.


This treatment uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing.  It also kills normal cells which is the reason for the side effects associated with chemotherapy.  Most chemotherapy targets cells that are fast growing which includes cancer cells, and surface …

New to Chemo? Survivors Share their Tips


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 physicians. In addition to doctors, other survivors have great tips to help prepare for chemotherapy, so we asked some of our Colon Club family to share.

Preparations for chemotherapy start when treatment options …