C3 Resources: Communication a Top Priority
Communication is key to relationships.Your relationship with C3 is noexception.“We have some o the best resourcesand most up-to-date inormation in theeld, and we want to make it easy or you to access it,’’ says Carlea Bauman, president o C3.That’s why C3 oers multipleavenues o communicating. We ocuson resources that aren’t availableelsewhere or those aected bycolorectal cancer.Here is an overview o what’s availableat C3. I you don’t nd what you’relooking or, call the C3 Answer Line(877-4CRC-111).
Patients and Survivors
I you’re coping with colorectal cancer, your desire or inormation is probablymatched only by your need or actsthat are meaningul, up-to-date, and notoverwhelming.On the
C3 website, the PatientInformation section
provides actsin layers (under the Awareness &Education heading). Click and readas much as you want and come backor more when you’re ready. You’llnd up-to-date, medically reviewedinormation on diagnosis andtreatment; tips or living with colorectalcancer; ideas or coping emotionally;and ways to deal with the nancialstresses that accompany cancer.The ree 80-page booklet
“Frankly Speaking About ColorectalCancer”
is available by callingthe C3 Answer Line (877-4CRC-111) or ordering online at www.FightColorectalCancer.org/ FranklySpeaking.For questions about your specicsituation, call the
C3 AnswerLine (877-4CRC-111),
or sendan email rom the website. (Underthe Awareness heading, click onC3 Answer Line.) An Answer Line Associate will answer your questionson the spot or do some research andget back to you.
Family and Friends
An inormed circle o amily andriends can help patients coping withcolorectal cancer.
The Awareness & Educationsection on C3’s website
has a wealtho advice about helping people help you. There’s inormation specicallyor amily or riends who must care orthemselves to be able to care or theirloved ones. The website also oerslinks to other reliable resources. Anyone in the extended circle o amily,riends, or advocates helping a lovedone through colorectal cancer can callthe
C3 Answer Line
or help gettinginormation or connections.
Patients and Practitioners ManagingOngoing Disease
Treatments or colorectal cancer areevolving, so prompt and accuratedissemination o research is crucial.You can rely on C3 to monitor andaccurately summarize news related tocolorectal cancer.
The Research section of C3’s website
is a timely and reliableresource. C3’s own Kate Murphy isa 26-year colorectal cancer survivorand a long-time patient advocate. Sheles stories under
Research andTreatment News
about clinical trials,research ndings, FDA warnings, andother news. Readers can comment or pose questions on each article. EveryFriday, the “News in Brie” adds shortreviews o other research and newswith links or more details.The C3 website eatures an
blog with Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz,
Chair o the Gastrointestinal OncologyProgram at the University o SouthernCaliornia and a member o C3’sMedical Review Network. (See Fromthe Desk o Dr. Lenz under Awareness& Education.) He answers questionssent by readers, and writes otenabout how to get the best quality care(e.g., how to evaluate a surgeon whomight perorm your colorectal cancersurgery).Sign up to receive their posts via emailor RSS at www.FightColorectalCancer.org/subscribe. You can also ollowC3 on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ FightCRC.
continued on page 6Visit www.FightColorectalCancer.org to nd these resources and more.