Source Alert: USC experts available to comment on colorectal cancer awareness
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, this source alert includes experts who can address various aspects of colorectal cancer including new research, screening and surgery.
Heinz-Josef Lenz, M.D., is director for clinical research and co-leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancers Program at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is an expert in clinical trials, cancer predisposition and drug development research. He can address new personalized therapies and treatment options for colorectal cancer patients. Ã¯Â¿Â½Our challenge is to better understand how cancer cells vary and how gene expression affects treatment efficacy,” said Lenz. “With new research, we hope to develop drugs that target the root-like cells of colorectal cancer and stimulate responses to chemotherapy.Ã¯Â¿Â½ He can be reached at (323) 865-3967 or email@example.com.
Screening and Treatment
Anthony J. Senagore, M.D., is a professor and division chief of colorectal surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is an expert in minimally invasive colorectal surgery. He can discuss the importance of screening and different types of surgical treatment and therapies for colorectal cancer. “Screening colonoscopy remains the single most important and least used tool in preventative medicine in the United States,” said Senagore. “Patients and primary care physicians need to understand the importance of this option for a healthier and longer life. The majority of colon cancer can be managed surgically by minimally invasive techniques requiring small incisions and only two to three days in the hospital. Patients should ask their surgeons about the availability of these exciting new techniques.” He can be reached at (323) 865-3690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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