Inherited colorectal cancer — Information in the form of tweets

We all learn in different ways. Social media, especially Twitter, is a great place to learn new things. Here’s an example. 

Professor Heather Hampel is an expert on hereditary CRC. Prof. Hampel’s Twitter profile is @HHampel1

She has been very creative in giving us bite-sized information about hereditary colorectal cancer all through March 2022. This blogpost is a collection of information adapted from her tweets during #ColorectalCancerAwarenessMonth, compiled with her permission. My notes are highlighted in yellow.

Thank you Prof. Hampel for all your efforts to educate patients & caregivers.

The NCCN CRC screening patient guidelines is a great resource if you want to learn more about screening for colorectal cancer.

In the image above, you can see what an IHC (immunohistochemistry test) for mismatch repair looks like. The brown dots represent each of the corresponding proteins labeled present in the nucleus of normal cells. In each panel you can see spaces without the brown dots, which show cancer cells that lack each of these proteins.

If you found this useful, don’t forget to follow Prof. Hampel (@HHampel1) on Twitter.

I will be back soon with more information on colorectal cancer. Until then, take care!