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Colon Cancer Symptom Management

Webinar Focuses on During and After Treatment

March 3, 2010

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time to sound the alarm about the third most common cancer among men and women and encourage early detection through screening.

But it’s also a good time to show support for colon cancer survivors and to revisit a webinar first offered by the Colon Cancer Alliance and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center earlier this year.

In this webinar, Dr. Barbara Murphy, a medical oncologist and associate professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, discussed efforts to improve colorectal cancer care. Topics included symptom management issues both during treatment and after therapy ends, including pain, neuropathy, skin rash, digestive issues, fatigue, “chemo brain” and mouth sores.

Murphy is director of the Cancer Supportive Care Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, which provides services for patients with challenging symptom control issues. She chairs the Pain and Symptom Management Program Research Team, a multi-disciplinary group of investigators representing numerous schools, divisions and departments within Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The research team is dedicated to investigating symptom control, functional, psychiatric and quality of life issues facing cancer patients and their families. In addition, she serves as clinical director for the Supportive Care Clinic, which provides services for patients with challenging symptom control issues.

To register for access to the archived webinar, call toll-free 1 (877) 422-2030 or visit