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Understanding ulcerative colitis: a risk factor for colorectal cancer

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the large intestine (colon and rectum). It causes inflammation and ulcers (sores) that result in the following signs and symptoms: •Diarrhea, often with blood or pus •Abdominal pain and cramping •Rectal pain •Rectal bleeding (passing sm...

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Understanding Crohn’s disease: a risk factor for colorectal cancer

Crohn’s disease is a chronic (long-term) inflammatory disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, including the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus, though it usually targets the end of the small intestine or the colon (large intestine). Though experts are...

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Q&A with Dr. Brandon Sheffield, Pathologist

In this Q&A, Dr. Brandon Sheffield, Pathologist with the William Osler Health System in Brampton, Ontario, answers your questions about colorectal cancer. Does H. pylori play a factor in colorectal cancer?  No, not to my knowledge. But H. pylori is a well known risk factor for stomach cancer, so if you have an infe...

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Q&A with Suzanne Zwicker, clinical pharmacist

In this Q&A, Suzanne Zwicker, Clinical Pharmacist on the National Pharmacy Team for Innomar in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, responds to your questions about herbal supplements and ileostomy care. Question: I was told not to take anything (vitamins, herb supplements during chemo and radiation). I also hear that some herbs d...

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ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer 2022

July 2022 The annual ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer was held this year in Barcelona, Spain, and was dedicated to the presentation and discussion of new findings in GI cancer, providing unique insights into the latest clinical data. Key highlights from the Congress include: • The importance of incl...

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