After several years of exciting developments in colorectal cancer research and therapy, progress continued throughout 2015. The FDA approved a new drug to treat colorectal cancer, and much research has been done with combination therapies and protocols for treatment. Of great importance, research shows that when colorectal cancer is detected during a screening colonoscopy, patients who screen positive are more likely to live longer than patients who wait for a screening until they have symptoms. Death rates from colorectal cancer have declined in the past 10 years which is thought to be due to increased screening and newer drugs to treat the disease. However, colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.
CancerConnect News coverage of advances in the management of colorectal cancer included the following key developments:
2015 FDA Approvals
2015 Colon Cancer Research News
- Vectibix® Improves Survival in Colorectal Cancer, Demonstrates Importance of Tissue Testing
- Vectibix® Improves Survival in Patients with Wild-Type KRAS Metastatic Colorectal Cancer after Progression on Chemotherapy
- New Biomarkers Might Help Personalize Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment
- New Drug Combination Extends Survival of Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
- More Effective Surgery for Colon Cancer with Laparoscopic versus Open Colectomy
- Treatment Outcomes in Stage III Colon Cancer Appear Better in Aspirin, COX-2 Inhibitor Users
- Preoperative Arterial Chemotherapy Appears Superior to Post-operative Chemotherapy in the Management of Early Stage Colorectal Cancer
- Encouraging Overall Survival and Well-Being for Xilonix™ in Advanced Colorectal Cancer
- Cyramza Added to FOLFIRI Delays Disease Progression and Extends Survival for Patients With Advanced Colorectal Cancer
Screening and Prevention
- Does Processed Meat Cause Colorectal Cancer?
- What Can Your Gut Tell You About Cancer?
- Cancers Caught During Screening Colonoscopy are More Survivable
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