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Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer, rectal cancer or bowel cancer almost always occurs in the large bowel - cancer of the small bowel is rare. Symptoms of colorectal cancer include blood in your stools, a change in normal bowel habits, a lump that your doctor can feel in your back passage, weight loss, pain in the abdomen or back passage, and anemia. Treatment depends on where the cancer is in the bowel and how far it has spread but may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
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How your cells build tiny 'train tracks' could shed light on human disease

February 11, 2016 - 16:00
Researchers from the University of Warwick have discovered how cells in the human body build their own 'railway networks', throwing light on how diseases such as bowel cancer work.

New test could help select the best treatment for bowel cancer patients

February 11, 2016 - 16:00
A new test could help patients with advanced bowel cancer get the best treatment for their disease, according to a Cancer Research UK clinical trial published in JAMA Oncology.

Inhibiting age-related inflammation maintains healthy gut microbiota and extends lifespan

February 11, 2016 - 08:00
Aging is associated with a wide range of tissue dysfunctions. Among these are metaplasias - conditions in which one kind of tissue is replaced by another type, causing misregulation of regional...

Nanoparticle reduces targeted cancer drug's toxicity

February 11, 2016 - 08:00
In one of the first efforts to date to apply nanotechnology to targeted cancer therapeutics, researchers have created a nanoparticle formulation of a cancer drug that is both effective and nontoxic...

'Molecular movie' opens door to new cancer treatments

February 10, 2016 - 15:00
An international team of scientists led by the University of Liverpool has produced a 'structural movie' revealing the step-by-step creation of an important naturally occurring chemical in the body...

Single-lesion biopsy may be insufficient to choose therapy targeting resistance mutations

February 8, 2016 - 09:00
When metastatic tumors driven by drug-targetable genetic mutations become resistant to a targeted therapy drug, the usual practice is to biopsy a single metastatic lesion to test for new mutations...

How gut inflammation sparks colon cancer

February 5, 2016 - 12:00
Chronic inflammation in the gut increases the risk of colon cancer by as much as 500 percent, and now Duke University researchers think they know why.

Time between positive fecal blood test and colonoscopy varies widely

February 3, 2016 - 08:00
Patients who received positive fecal blood test results as part of the screening process for colorectal cancer experienced wide variations in the time between a positive result and a follow-up...

Turning down the volume on cancer

February 3, 2016 - 08:00
When the audio on your television set or smart phone is too loud, you simply turn down the volume.

Backing from their GP could lead thousands more to take bowel cancer test

February 3, 2016 - 01:00
Almost 40,000 more people might take a bowel cancer test in England each year if the letter inviting them to do so was endorsed by their GP, according to research funded by the National Institute...

High rate of office visits and cumulative costs prior to colonoscopies for colon cancer screening

February 2, 2016 - 16:00
Kevin R. Riggs, M.D., M.P.H., of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and colleagues analyzed billing data to determine the proportion of colonoscopies for colon cancer...

10-fold difference worldwide in new cases of, and deaths from, bowel cancer

February 2, 2016 - 00:00
Rising rates linked to economic development; adoption of Western lifestyle may be to blameThere's a 10-fold difference worldwide in the numbers of new cases of bowel cancer and deaths from the...

Bowel cancer: gene profile as prognosis tool in brain metastases

February 1, 2016 - 12:00
Approx. 4,700 people in Austria fall ill with bowel cancer every year. One to two percent of the victims also sustain brain metastases during the latter stages of the illness.

Hacking the programs of cancer stem cells

January 26, 2016 - 12:00
All tumor cells are the offspring of a single, aberrant cell, but they are not all alike. Only a few retain the capacity of the original cell to create an entire tumor.

Discovery reveals how protective immune cells protect themselves

January 26, 2016 - 08:00
Researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have discovered the mechanism by which immune cells called regulatory T cells keep themselves intact and functional during their demanding task...

ACP advice for evaluating blood in the urine as a sign of cancer; Fecal immunochemical test; Sharing genetic testing results with patients

January 26, 2016 - 08:00
1. ACP issues advice for evaluating blood in the urine as a sign of cancer. Blood in the urine is a common finding in adults during primary care visits In a paper published in Annals of...

Fecal immunochemical test effective for annual colon cancer screening

January 25, 2016 - 22:00
According to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is highly sensitive for detecting colorectal cancer, and adherence to annual follow-up screening...

Screening gets top marks for picking up bowel cancer early

January 25, 2016 - 12:00
Bowel cancer is more likely to be diagnosed at the earliest stage if it is picked up by screening, according to new figures released by Cancer Research UK and Public Health England's National...

1 in 7 colorectal cancer patients diagnosed before recommended screening age

January 25, 2016 - 10:00
Colorectal cancer in younger people linked to more advanced disease but better survival.

Many colorectal cancer patients are younger than the recommended screening age

January 25, 2016 - 08:00
Patients Diagnosed Before Age 50 Often Present with Advanced Disease.In a recent analysis of US data, one in seven colorectal patients was younger than 50 years old, the recommended age to begin...