Friday, March 27, 2015

Healthy Habits: Colorectal Cancer

Wade Hayes is a country singer and advanced colorectal cancer advocate. Wade was at the height of his country music career with Billboard hits and a promising road ahead when he was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer.

Like so many people facing a cancer diagnosis, he had to put his life on hold. He is now disease free and would like to raise awareness about this disease and discuss the inspiration behind his new song “Go Live Your Life,” an emotional song that he wrote after his oncologist told him he no longer had any evidence of disease. 

Wade was joined by Dr. Manish Shah, an oncologist specializing in advanced colorectal cancer.

According to the 2015 American Cancer Society report, from 2007 to 2011, incidence rates declined 4.3% per year among adults 50 years of age and older, but increased by 1.8% per year among adults younger than age 50. Wade was 42-years-old when he was diagnosed.

Through a partnership with the Colon Cancer Alliance and Genentech, for every download of “Go Live Your Life” purchased on iTunes, a donation of a $1 (up to $50K) will be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance Blue Note Fund, a non-profit that supports advanced colorectal cancer patients who are currently in treatment.

Dr. Manish Shah is Director of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program, at Weill Cornell Medical College/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Dr. Manish A. Shah completed his undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University in 1991, going on to receive his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School/MIT Health Sciences and Technology program in 1996, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency training at Duke University Medical Center in 1999, and his Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2001, where he served as Chief Oncology Fellow. Dr. Shah now serves as Director of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program within the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology and the Center for Advanced Digestive Care at Weill Cornell Medical College/ NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Shah is a distinguished peer-review funded investigator and has led several Phase I, II and III clinical trials in GI malignancies. He is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Association for Clinical Research (AACR).
The information provided today is for educational purposes. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.
[1] SEER Cancer Statistics Factsheets: Colon and Rectum Cancer. National Cancer Institute.

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