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Advanced bowel cancer patients across the country will have greater choice from this month, with another bowel cancer treatment extended to include first-line treatment.
From October 1 2015, Vectibix (panitumumab), will be PBS listed for the first-line treatment of RAS wild-type metastatic bowel cancer.
Vectibix is an EGFR inhibitor and is used when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Previously, Vectibix was approved for use alone or in combination with particular chemotherapies when other, first-line treatments had failed.
Vectibix is the latest targeted therapy in the bowel cancer space to be amended on the PBS.  In June, Erbitux was also extended to first-line treatment, and Avastin was extended to second-line treatment for patients with RAS wild-type metastatic bowel cancer.
For more details on these treatment options, visit our targeted therapies webpage.
Aspirin may double the chances of survival for patients with gastrointestinal cancers, according to the results of a new study recently presented at the 2015 European Cancer Congress in Vienna, Austria.
For their study, Dr. Frouws and colleagues set out to determine how aspirin impacts the survival of patients with tumors in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract - namely the rectum, colon and oesophagus.  This is the first time a study has simultaneously assessed survival data by different GI locations, according to the authors.
The study included 13,715 patients who received a GI cancer diagnosis between 1998 and 2011.  They were followed up for a median of 48.6 months.  Of these patients, 42.8% had colon cancer, 25.4% had rectal cancer and 10.2% had cancer of the oesophagus.
There's nothing better than cooking with fresh, home grown ingredients. But did you know that some vegetables and herbs can potentially reduce your risk of bowel cancer, as well? With spring officially here, there's no better time to take control of your health and unleash your inner green thumb. Try our fab four ideas today!

Crunchy, colourful and relatively quick to grow, radishes are the perfect root vegetable to grow this spring. The seedlings pop up within 5-6 days, and the radishes are ready to eat within 5-7 weeks. The roots contain potassium, vitamin C, folate and flavonoids, called anthocyanins, which help to fight cancer. Don't forget, you can eat the leaves too!
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is on the rise among younger patients. Although some of the younger onset cases can be explained by hereditary factors, the majority arise spontaneously. Researchers have now found that tumours in younger colorectal cancer patients may be molecularly distinct from those of older patients, and that these differences are related to the way genes are switched on and off (epigenetics) in the tumours of the younger patients. Such a discovery may lead to better treatment options tailored specifically to a younger age group, they say.
Adult colouring has taken the world by storm. Across Australia, the colouring book genre is dominating the bestseller list and there are even reports that some publishers are battling art paper shortages to keep up with demand.
Speaking to Sunday Mail earlier this week, cognitive neuroscientist Joel Pearson said studies had shown colouring-in can reduce anxiety.
"Meditation practices are becoming more and more popular by the day (and) anxiety is becoming a bigger and bigger problem," he told Sunday Mail.
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