Donna Shalala hosts Surviving Colon Cancer, which peers behind the veil to examine the number two cancer killer of both men and women. Last year it killed 153,000 people, often with no symptoms until it was too late.
Miraculously, this cancer can be prevented by screening. Polyps which form inside the colon can be removed during screening before they become cancer. Ninety-percent of colorectal cancer patients are 50, which is the magic age for screening. Yet, two million people were not screened last year. Why?
Surviving Colon Cancer introduces you to survivors as well as courageous patients battling for their lives. It took Fran Drescher two years and eight doctors for a proper diagnosis. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had no symptoms. Charlie Kelley had just nursed his wife Nan through her own chemotherapy when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Meet Carmen Marc Valvo, Julie Greene, Marie Le, Vicki Gonzalez, Carlos Diaz, Michael Carver, and EJ Clark. EJ postponed his colonoscopy and is clinging to life via continuous chemotherapy.
Come inside the University of Miami-Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and watch live colonoscopies as well as laparoscopic surgery. Enter MD Anderson’s chemo and radiation suites. Understand what it is like to live with cancer and secrets to surviving colon cancer.
Surviving Colon Cancer premieres Thursday, November 8 at 11:00 p.m. on WPBT2.