Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center Events and Resources for Patients

As a young-onset colorectal cancer patient, you're encouraged to learn more and to engage with our community. These events and resources are meant to increase public awareness and education around the rising burden of colorectal cancer in young adults.

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Highlights from the March 4, 2023 Annual Patient and Family Forum

On March 4, we held our 4th annual Patient and Family Forum. It was a day full of free educational events for individuals with young-onset colorectal cancer (diagnosed under 50 years old) and their supporters. Attendees heard from keynote speaker Lindy Thackston, a FOX59 news anchor in Indianapolis, who was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer at the age of 40, as well as from experts in colorectal cancer research, social work, clinical trials, and more. View these informative and inspiring videos from this year's Forum:

Research Keynote: Myriam Chalabi, MD, PhD

At our fourth annual Patient and Family Forum, gastrointestinal oncologist and clinician scientist Myriam Chalabi, MD, PhD, joined us from the Netherlands Cancer Institute to present her research on early innovative combination immunotherapy trials. Dr. Chalabi’s research has a strong focus on translational research to better understand the drivers of response in these tumors and to find novel immunotherapy treatments.

View These Other Presentations from the 2023 Forum

Highlights from the March 4, 2022 Annual Patient and Family Forum

Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center Annual Forum Research Keynote

At the Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center's third annual Patient and Family Forum, a Research Keynote lead by Jonathan Nowak, MD, PhD and Benjamin Schlechter, MD, discussed immunotherapy and CAR-T cell therapy in young-onset colorectal cancer.

View These Other Presentations from the 2022 Forum

Videos from Our "Gut Instincts" Webinar Series

Best Practices for Rectal Cancer

Dana-Farber’s Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center's Gut Instincts series continued on Monday, September 26, 2022, with an educational workshop on Best Practices for Rectal Cancer. Topics included chemotherapy, advances in radiation and its side effects, surgical management of rectal cancer, and a patient's perspective.

Too Young for This Sh*t Webcast - Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program®

The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program® hosted a live webcast about the rise of early-onset colorectal cancer. Watch the video to hear from Dr. Kimmie Ng, our Center’s Director, and Pat Beauregard, a Dana-Farber colon cancer patient.

Colorectal Cancer: Closing the Disparity Gap

Dana-Farber patient Kyle Vinson was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 38-years old and shares his journey. Dana-Farber oncologist, Ben Schlechter, MD, discusses what needs to happen to close the disparity gap as research shows colorectal cancer rates in Black individuals are about 20% higher when compared with non-Hispanic white individuals.

    Why are cancer rates rising among young people? (WBUR – September 15, 2023)
    100% success rate in experimental cancer drug making waves in medical world (Boston 25 News – June 9, 2022)
    Rare Cancer Trial Raises Hopes for Future Treatment Options (NBC Boston – June 7, 2022)
    Cases of 'the cancer nobody talks about' increasing in young adults (Boston 25 News – March 14, 2022)
    Excess Weight Over Lifetime Hikes Risk for Colorectal Cancer (Medscape – March 18, 2022)
    The Colon Cancer Conundrum (Scientific American – November 16, 2021)
    Vitamin D May Help To Prevent Colorectal Cancer In Young People (Forbes – August 23, 2021)
    Science reporter documents colonoscopy to raise awareness (Good Morning America – June 22, 2021)
    Here's What Every Guy Should Know About Colon Cancer (GQ Magazine – April 22, 2021)
    Scar Stories: The Toll of Colon Cancer (GQ Magazine – April 22, 2021)
    Dr. Kimmie Ng on Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer (WCVB 5 City Line - April 18, 2021)
    Screen Timing featuring Dr. Ng and Journalist Craig Melvin (Conquer Cancer - March 12, 2021)
    Dr. Kimmie Ng on National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (Boston 25 News – March 5, 2021)
    YouTube: Colorectal Cancer Expert Dr. Kimmie Ng, Gastrointestinal Oncologist: Latest Research & Treatments (The Patient Story - January 22, 2021)
    Colorectal Cancer Expert: Kimmie Ng, Gastrointestinal Oncologist (The Patient Story – January 21, 2021)
    Colon cancer screening should start at 45, task force recommends (Today Show – October 28, 2020)
    Colon Cancer Screening Should Start Earlier, at Age 45, U.S. Panel Says (New York Times – October 27, 2020)
    US task force proposes starting colorectal cancer screening at age 45 (CNN – October 27, 2020)
    Rates of colorectal cancer in individuals under the age of 50 is steadily rising (WCVB Boston – October 20, 2020)
    Chadwick Boseman's death is making young people think about colon cancer. Here's what to know. (Washington Post– September 4, 2020)
    Here's What Every Guy Should Know About Colon Cancer (GQ– September 1, 2020)
    Chadwick Boseman's death sheds light on colon cancer disparities among Black Americans (MSNBC – August 31, 2020)
    Colon-Cancer Q&A: What to Know (Wall Street Journal – August 29, 2020)
    Chadwick Boseman had colon cancer, a disease rising in young adults (Today Show – August 29, 2020)
    Veteran raises awareness after colon cancer diagnosis at 29 (Today Show – March 10, 2020)
    Cancer patients feel isolated during pandemic quarantine (Fox 25 News – April 23, 2020)
    Rising colorectal cancer rates in young adults (Fox 25 News – March 7, 2019)
    Solving the Mystery of Why Colorectal Cancer Is on the Rise in Young Adults: A Conversation With Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH (ASCO Post – June 25, 2019)
    'We Have Cancer' podcast interview with Dr. Kimmie Ng and patient Pat Beauregard (March 12, 2019)
    Bride vows to continue brother's fight against colorectal cancer. (Jimmy Fund Blog – March 2019)

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