Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the most prevalent of functional gastrointestinal disorders, is commonly diagnosed by gastroenterologists and primary care physicians. Recurrent abdominal pain and altered bowel habits, along with bloating and distention, are typical features of IBS. It impacts up to 15 percent of adults and interferes with patients’ daily lives. Economically, IBS is associated with reduced productivity and poses a burden to the healthcare system. Amid quantifiable costs measured by outpatient visits, diagnostic tests, and medications, the individual patient’s quality of life suffers with no single go-to therapy.
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Colonoscopy is the preferred colorectal cancer prevention test because it has the highest sensitivity for colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps can be detected and removed in one procedure.
PORTLAND, Ore. — When Laurie Kelley began as chief philanthropy officer for Providence in Oregon, little did she know that her husband would be diagnosed with cancer and in need of intense care. Michael “Mike” Kelley died in October 2020 after a 22-month battle with stage IV head and neck cancer. His family and friends wanted to honor his memory by supporting further research at Providence Cancer Institute where he received his care. The institute is now announcing the Michael Kelley Endowed Chair for Cancer Research.