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General Gastrointestinal Health Resources

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
An organization of gastroenterologists providing extensive information on gastrointestinal health and illness, including gastrointestinal screening and cancer treatment, as well as a searchable database to locate a gastroenterologist in your area.

American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
One of the oldest medical specialty societies, representing 14,000 physicians and scientists who research, diagnose and treat disorders of the GI tract and liver.  Its mission is to advance the science and practice of gastroenterology.  On a monthly basis, the AGA publishes two highly respected journals, Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  The AGA’s annual meeting is Digestive Disease Week®, which is held each May and is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. The AGA has a free e-mail health newsletter that is sent out twice weekly. To receive this newsletter, sign up here.

American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscy (ASGE)
An organization of gastroenterologists and surgeons specially trained in performing endoscopy including colonoscopy and upper endoscopy. Provides a wealth of information specific to gastroenterology, including colorectal cancer screening, Barrett’s esophagus, and various screening and diagnostic procedures, as well as a searchable database to locate doctors in your area who are trained to perform colonoscopy and other types of endoscopy.

Colorectal Cancer

EIF’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (EIF-NCCRA)
With the help of Katie Couric, the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, communicates the seriousness of colorectal cancer, encourages preventive testing, and raises research funds for improved colorectal cancer screening and treatment.

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS)
Organization of surgeons specially trained in colon and rectal surgery, providing a listing of colorectal surgeons in your area.

Colon Cancer Alliance [CCA]
First and oldest  non-profit organization of colon and rectal cancer survivors, their families, caregivers and others dedicated to support, advocacy and education for people affected by colorectal cancer. Their notable programs include Undy 5000 run/walks, MyCRCConnections community and CRC Buddy program.

The Colon Club
The Colon Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of colorectal cancer in out-of-the-box ways. CoCo, the traveling inflatable Colossal Colon and annual Colondar featuring survivors as models are examples of their crazy projects to raise awareness. They also host ColonTalk, a message board for survivors to ask questions, share and connect.

Fight Colorectal Cancer (prior to March 2011 known as C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition)
Leading colorectal cancer advocacy organization in Washington, DC, empowering survivors to raise their voices, training advocates around the country, and educating lawmakers and pushing them for better policies. Sponsors of Call on Congress activities.

Colorectal Cancer Network (CCN)
Organization of colorectal cancer survivors and their loved ones, providing a support network, awareness, screening and early detection programs, and legislative actions.

Colon Cancer Discussion List:–Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR)
Provided by the Association of Cancer Online Resources, the Colon Cancer Discussion List consists of hundreds of participants who regularly exchange information with and provide support to those dealing with colorectal cancer.

Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer (CGAICC)
This group, available through the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, provides a listing of hereditary colon cancer registries and information on clinical and chemoprevention trials.

The Jay Monahan Center
The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health is a clinical center of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Named in honor of Jay Monahan–the late husband of Katie Couric, ABC News Contributor and Host of “Katie” now airing on daytime TV. The Jay Monahan Center opened its doors officially on March 30, 2004.

The United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA)
Group providing a toll-free hotline, quarterly newsletter (“The Ostomy Quarterly”), patient visiting and support, and information on care and support for people who have a colostomy or other ostomy.

General Cancer Resources

American Cancer Society (ACS)
A nonprofit national organization providing extensive information on cancer, cancer treatment and support programs, and a clinical trial matching service.

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
An organization of cancer specialists providing extensive information on cancer and its treatment, as well as educational seminars and a database to locate an oncologist in your area.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
An institute of the National Institutes of Health providing extensive information on cancer prevention, treatment and support programs, and a searchable clinical trials database.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
An organization of leading cancer centers, providing an extensive listing of its standard-of-care guidelines, including those on the treatment of colorectal cancer, fatigue management, and pain management.


Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition (FDHN)
A foundation of the American Gastroenterological Association, developing funds for research to explore the cause, prevention, and treatment of digestive and liver diseases, and conducting public education initiatives on these topics.

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