Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Information and Resources

FOR PATIENTS WITH MEDICARE, MEDICAID, OR MILITARY BENEFITS


Fund Status and Eligibility

Fully Allocated - Effective 10/15/2018, we are unable to process applications that are pending or accept new or renewal applications at this time. Should additional funding for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Fund applicants become available in the future, it will be necessary to re-apply if assistance is still needed.

Maximum Award Level: $6,500 Per Year

Eligibility Criteria

  • Patient must be insured by Medicare, Medicaid, or Military Benefits and insurance must cover the medication for which patient seeks assistance.
  • Patient must have a confirmed diagnosis of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer.
  • Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
  • Patient's income must fall below 400% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) with consideration of the Cost of Living Index (COLI) and the number in the household.

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Information About the Disease

Colon, or colorectal, cancer is cancer that starts in the large intestine (colon) or the rectum (end of the colon). According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, early diagnosis can often lead to a complete cure. Almost all colon cancer starts in glands in the lining of the colon and rectum. When doctors talk about colorectal cancer, this is usually what they are talking about.

There is no single cause of colon cancer. Nearly all colon cancers begin as noncancerous (benign) polyps, which slowly develop into cancer. You have a higher risk for colon cancer if you:

  • Are older than 60
  • Are African American of eastern European descent
  • Eat a diet high in red or processed meats
  • Have cancer elsewhere in the body
  • Have colorectal polyps
  • Have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
  • Have a family history of colon cancer
  • Have a personal history of breast cancer
    Certain genetic syndromes also increase the risk of developing colon cancer. Two of the most common are:
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
  • Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), also known as Lynch syndrome

What you eat may play a role in your risk of colon cancer. Colon cancer may be associated with a high-fat, low-fiber diet and red meat. However, some studies have found that the risk does not drop if you switch to a high-fiber diet, so this link is not yet clear. Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are other risk factors for colorectal cancer.

Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Resources

Colorectal Cancer Coalition

Phone: 877-427-2111 - www.fightcolorectalcancer.org

National Institutes of Health Cancer Information Service/PDQ

1-800-4-CANCER cancernet.nci.nih.gov | www.cancer.gov/newscenter

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

Phone: 847-290-9184 - www.fascrs.org

Colon Cancer Alliance

Phone: 1-877-422-2030 - www.ccalliance.org

Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C3)

Phone: 202-244-2906 - www.c-three.org

The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health

Phone: 1-212-746-WELL - www.monahancenter.org

 

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