CRC News: Week of June 18, 2018

We hope you have had a good week.  We have some news items to share with all of you.

New Resource!  NCCRT Risk Assessment and Screening Toolkit to Detect Familial, Hereditary and Early Onset Colorectal Cancer

We are pleased to share that a new NCCRT resource for primary care, Risk Assessment and Screening Toolkit to Detect Familial, Hereditary and Early Onset Colorectal Cancer, is now available, both as a full toolkit and a quick start companion guide.  The purpose of this toolkit is to improve the ability of primary care clinicians to systematically collect, document, and act on a family history of CRC and adenomas polyps, while also educating clinicians on the need for more timely diagnostic testing for young adults who present with alarm signs or symptoms of CRC and ensuring that those patients receive a proper diagnostic work up.  

Many thanks to the outstanding work and guidance provided by the NCCRT Family History and Early Onset Task Group, chaired by Dennis Ahnen, Paul Schroy, and Thomas Weber, as well as to the team at The Jackson Laboratory, Emily Edelman, Therese Ingram, Kate Reed, and Linda Steinmark in producing this first-of-its kind resource.  We’d also like to thank additional advisors Cindy Borassi, Anjee Davis, Robin Dubin, Gregory Feero, Stephanie Guiffre, Heather Hampel, Djenaba Joseph, Xavier Llor, Susan Miesfeldt, Martha Raymond, Michelle Tropper, and Jennifer Weiss; our reviewers & contributors Siobhan Dolan, Caitlin Gutheil, Paul Han, Kenneth Lin, Leigh LoPresti, Natalie Mikat-Stevens, Trudie Milner, Randa Sifri, and Alissa Terry; our funders: ACS and CDC; and the support team from ACS and NCCRT Caleb Levell, Durado Brooks, Robert Smith, and Becky Siegel.

Replay of NCCRT Webinar on New Risk Assessment Toolkit

In case you missed it, a replay of the June 19th, webinar on the , Risk Assessment and Screening Toolkit to Detect Familial, Hereditary and Early Onset Colorectal Cancer, can be found here: http://nccrt.org/resource/risk-assessment-and-screening-toolkit-webinar-june-19-2018/   Feel free to share with colleagues who could not join the webinar.

Registration is Now Open for July 18th 2:00pm ET Webinar on CRC Screening Best Practices Handbook for Hospitals and Health Systems:

Registration is now open for our next webinar on Wednesday, July 18th at 2:00pm ET, during which we’ll introduce our soon-to-be released Colorectal Cancer Screening Best Practices Handbook for Hospitals and Health SystemsThe purpose of the webinar will be to familiarize participants with the soon-to-be released handbook, review critical steps for hospitals and health systems to take in advancing CRC Screening efforts, and learn from two health system leaders about their experiences implementing CRC screening interventions, as featured in the handbook.  The webinar will be patterned after a workshop on the topic featured at the 2017 NCCRT annual meeting.  Speakers include:  Mary Doroshenk, NCCRT; Andrew Albert, MD, MPH, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; and Amanda Bohleber, MD, Deaconess Health System. The webinar will be moderated by the co-chairs of the NCCRT Professional Education and Practice Implementation Task Group, Michael Potter, MD, University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Lane, MD, MPH, American College of Preventive Medicine.

 

The webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% partners, CDC grantees, ACS Health Systems and Communications staff, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts.   You must be pre-registered to join.  Registration is available here.

Please Share:  Never Too Young Survey for Young Onset Colorectal Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Caregivers

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance has asked for help promoting this survey to patients, survivors, and caregivers in our colorectal cancer community. This is the third annual international survey of young-onset colorectal cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.  The purpose of the survey is to learn about and track the medical and psycho-social experiences of this often overlooked group, which comprises 11 percent of colorectal cancer patients today. This year’s survey is expanded to better learn about the experience of caregivers, with a selection of questions specifically for them. The survey, available at N2Y Survey, will remain open until July 1st and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  

Webinar on Engaging with Health Plans

The American Cancer Society, with funding support from CDC, recently hosted a webinar for Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs and Coalitions, titled: “How Coalitions Can Engage and Effectively Work with Health Plans to Increase CRC Screening Rates.” The webinar addressed: 1) The lessons learned by others when engaging health plans; 2) Recommendations for effectively working with health plans; and 3) The success stories of coalition speakers who worked with health plans.  If you missed the webinar, you may replay it by clicking on this link.  Many thanks to Sarah Shafir and Lorrie Graaf for bringing this webinar to our attention.

Celebrity Watch Parties

On a lighter note, you may enjoy this piece about Martin Short and Steve Martin talking with Jimmy Kimmel about colonoscopy parties:  https://www.today.com/health/martin-short-tom-hanks-steve-martin-have-colonoscopy-parties-t131499 Good news: Canadian Martin Short is a believer in CRC screening!  Curious news: This funny guys get colonoscopies every other year.  Kinda good news: the clarification was made in the today.com story that the usual interval for colonoscopy is every 10 years.  Many thanks to Miriam Falco and Durado Brooks for bringing this article to our attention.