July 17, 2012 |
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new drug for cleansing the colon before colonoscopy exams that requires drinking only 10 ounces of the product, not the 2 liters required with some current products such as Go Lightly. The patient must drink other fluids as well, but that can be water, soda or other pleasant-tasting liquids. The new cleansing agent, called Prepopik, is expected to be marketed by October, according to the manufacturer, Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Parsippany, N.J. Colorectal cancer is the third-most common type of cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer deaths.
May 14, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details. A colonoscopy is a life-saving procedure, identifying polyps and early-stage tumors so they can be removed before they grow and spread. But many people refuse to undergo the procedure because they don't relish having an endoscope inserted into their body, and they don't like the preparation for the procedure, which requires drinking laxatives and spending large amounts of time in the lavatory the night before.
September 27, 2011 |
Men and women may need different screening guidelines for colonoscopies because of varying tumor rates between the genders. A study released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. analyzed the results of 44,350 colonoscopy screenings over four years; the tests covered adenomas (benign tumors), advanced adenomas, and colorectal cancer. Generally, screenings are recommended for men and women starting at age age 50 because colorectal rates begin to climb in the following decade.
June 13, 2011 |
The premise Joe (Ray Romano) and Manfro (Jon Manfrellotti) are good friends who go to a strip club the night before Manfro is scheduled to begin chemotherapy to treat Stage 3 colon cancer. Manfro, whose tumor had spread to his lymph nodes by the time it was detected in a colonoscopy screening exam, has already had surgery to remove the bulk of his tumor. At the club, he meets a stripper whose father also has Stage 3 colon cancer and went to the same oncologist that is treating Manfro.
May 10, 2011 |
Many patients receive repeat colonoscopies more quickly than are recommended by screening guidelines, increasing the risk that they will have rare, but significant, adverse outcomes from the tests, researchers reported this week. In a separate study, another group of researchers showed that many elderly who are sick or debilitated from other illnesses receive colonoscopies despite the fact that the procedures are probably not beneficial and may cause problems. Colonoscopies involve inserting a telescope-like instrument through the rectum to examine the interior of the small and large bowels so that doctors can look for polyps that are a precursor of colorectal cancer.
September 13, 2010 |
Colorectal cancer kills more Americans than any other cancer except lung cancer. But the death toll doesn't have to be as high as it is. Screening works. The American Cancer Society estimates that such tests saved 70,000 lives in the last 20 years. "Just think how many we could save if we did it right," says Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the ACS in Atlanta. Doing it right would mean doing it on a lot more people. During those 20 years, only about 25% to 30% of the men and women who should have been screened — those age 50 or older — did get screened, Brawley says.