The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada applauds Ontario's decision to expand funding of Avastin
"The CCAC congratulates the Ontario government for expanding access to Avastin to colorectal cancer patients with advanced disease," said Barry D. Stein, president of the Colorectal Cancer Association of
"Primary prevention, Screening and Equal and Timely access to effective treatments are the hallmarks of what will improve patient outcomes. Ontario is setting the bar high with access not only to Avastin in first line treatment, but also in third line treatment with access to Vectibix (panatumumab) and Erbitux (cetuxiamab)," Stein added.
For the past year, the CCAC has been calling for equal and timely access to effective treatments across the country through its "Join the Fight" campaign. Following last week's decision in
The Association strongly advocates that treatments be approved for use with all reasonable combinations of chemotherapies for colorectal cancer affording physicians and patients the best choice of treatment in the circumstances.
"Our goal is to ensure that the mortality rate from this disease falls as much as possible through primary prevention and screening and to ensure that those patients already touched by the disease are afforded every chance possible to find a cure and prolong their lives," Stein said.
The CCAC will be including the message of primary prevention (diet and exercise) and screening as it tours the country with its 40' long Giant Colon exhibits, in the months ahead. The exhibits help to educate the public on the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer and other diseases of the colon. "The CCAC is extremely supportive of provincial screening programs such as Ontario's Colon Cancer Check and we will do everything we can to help bring awareness about these important initiatives," Stein said.
Notes to Editors About Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer - cancer of the colon or rectum - is the second-leading cause of cancer death in
In Ontario 8,100 new colorectal cancer cases (4,400 men - 3,700 women) are estimated for 2009 and 3,300 individuals are estimated to die from it. (1,800 men - 1,500 women)
About the CCAC
The Colorectal Cancer Association of
The CCAC maintains one of the top websites in the world providing information on colorectal cancer to patients. Colorectal cancer information is available free of charge from the CCAC in print or on line at www.colorectal-cancer.caFor further information: Barry D. Stein, Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, Tel.: 1-877-50-COLON (26566), or (514) 875-7745, Cell: (514) 944-0200, E-mail: email@example.com