"Colorectal cancer is primarily diagnosed in patients age 50 and over, so we need to ensure that these individuals have access to all available treatment options based on standard clinical factors such as tumor size, cancer spread to lymph nodes and tumor growth rate," said Dr. Goldberg. "Recent research, including a study I published last year, showed that combination chemotherapy after surgery is as safe and effective for patients over 65 as for younger patients."
Dr. Goldberg will present the 2008 Breaking Boundaries award to the
exemplary colorectal cancer survivors who have demonstrated an ongoing
commitment to breaking down the myths associated with chemotherapy for the
treatment of colorectal cancer in patients 65 years and older. They are:
-- Carol Larson of Minneapolis, Minnesota - Recognized for her
contributions in patient advocacy. Carol was diagnosed in 1999 with
Stage III colorectal cancer, and has since undergone treatment with
surgery and chemotherapy. Looking for information and support, Carol
joined the Advocates for Colorectal Cancer (ACE), a patient-centered
support group affiliated with the Minnesota Colon Cancer Coalition. Now
she provides that support to others as a board member of ACE. In
addition, Carol serves as the 2008-09 co-president of the Ostomy
Association of Minneapolis.
-- Kate Murphy of Skaneateles, New York - Recognized for her service to
the online colorectal cancer community. Kate was diagnosed with Stage I
colorectal cancer in 2007, her third bout of colon cancer. Since being
diagnosed, she has been devoted to working with the Association of
Cancer Online Resources to provide information and support through its
integrated system of online discussion groups. Kate he
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