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Posted by Byron on September 20, 2000 at 14:22:08:

9-20-00 at 8pm EST****a chat with Heinz-Josef Lenz, M.D.

Cancer of the colon and rectum affects about
two out of every 1,000 people, and accounts
for about 15 percent of cancer deaths, making
it the second leading cause of death from
cancer. Most people with colon cancers have
no symptoms. But some infrequent symptoms
include diarrhea or other changes in bowel
habits lasting 10 days or more, bloody stool,
inexplicable anemia, abdominal pain, intestinal
obstruction, and/or weight loss.

In addition to heredity, certain factors can increase the risk of
developing colon cancer: the presence of colorectal polyps,
cancer elsewhere in the body, chronic inflammation of the colon,
and immunodeficiency disorders. Some research suggests a
high-fat, low-fiber diet also can increase chances of developing
colon cancer.

Heinz-Josef Lenz, M.D., is the associate director of the
Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at the University of Southern
California/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. He will talk about
the prognoses, treatment and underlying genetics of colon cancer.

Heinz-Josef Lenz, M.D., is the scientific director of the Cancer
Genetics Unit and the associate director of the Gastrointestinal
Oncology Program at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer
Center. He is an assistant professor of medicine at the University
of Southern California in Los Angeles. As the Institutional Principal
Investigator on the California Cancer Consortium in collaboration
with City of Hope and University of California, Davis, he designs
innovative clinical trials with new anticancer drugs. Dr. Lenz
earned his M.D. degree at the Johannes-Gutenberg University in
Mainz, Germany. In 1991, he completed his internship, residency
and fellowship training at the Eberhardt Karls University in
Tubingen, Germany. He received special fellowship training at
University Wien (Austria), George Washington University and
Harvard Medical School. In 1991, he received the prestigious
Research Fellowship Award from the "Deutsche Krebshilfe" (Bonn,
Germany). Dr. Lenz was also awarded a Career Development
Award from STOP CANCER (1994-1997) and a Young Investigator
Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). In
1995, Dr. Lenz was selected for the prestigious ASCO Career
Development Award.

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