July 16, 2019: PALTOWN CEO Erika Brown has published a new editorial describing her vision for patient navigators to help increase participation in cancer clinical trials. In PALTOWN's colorectal cancer community, COLONTOWN, this vision is becoming a reality. COLONTOWN's 140 "neighborhoods" include 9 focused on clinical trials, all led by patient volunteers who work to bring accurate information and education about trial options to the nearly 1500 members of these groups. PALTOWN has launched a new initiative to train our clinical trials patient navigators, as part of our commitment to developing patient leaders and enabling patients and caregivers to become active participants in care decisions. Read Erika's piece in Clinical Leader.
April 15, 2019: PALTOWN is excited to announce that has received a grant from the Colon Cancer Coalition to support Community Leaders in its colorectal cancer community, COLONTOWN. COLONTOWN offers its over 4000 members access to 140 "neighborhoods" focusing on different aspects of the cancer experience, and is run entirely by patient and caregiver volunteers. The funding provided by the Colon Cancer Coalition will provide leadership development and enable more patients to "find their people" in the groups that meet their needs inside COLONTOWN. Read the full press release, and learn more about the Colon Cancer Coalition.
For a video introduction to PALTOWN's first community, COLONTOWN and its founder, PALTOWN CEO Erika Brown, watch these brief segments from Cure:
COLONTOWNie Tate MacDowell
Meet COLONTOWN member and mountain climber Tate MacDowell and founder Erika Brown at our Oct 26th, 2018 Patient Power Party
COLONTOWNie Lari Johnston on NBC News
Lari was featured in this piece on the announcement of new guidelines for colorectal cancer screening.
NBC Nightly News
The volunteer leader of COLONTOWN's Clinic, cancer researcher Tom Marsilje, explains how COLONTOWN members are finding clinical trial options through the community.
GOODHealth: Welcome to COLONTOWN, USA
COLONTOWN and some of its young Clinic denizens were featured in an article published on Dec 10, 2016.
Bloomberg Radio: “Markets” Interview with Tom Marsilje
In this April 3, 2017 interview by Carol Massar, COLONTOWN’s Dr. Tom Marsilje explains how members of the Clinic neighborhood are interacting with researchers and learning both about the science behind new therapies and available trials currently recruiting.
Listen to the interview (begins at 3:20):
Charlie Rose: Cancer Breakthroughs
3/9/17: Guest host Katie Couric leads a discussion about new breakthroughs in cancer treatment, with experts including COLONTOWN's own drug discovery researcher, Tom Marsilje.
Fox News: Cancer researcher turned patient
April 11, 2017: another piece on our clinical trials community leader, Tom Marsilje, and how the COLONTOWN Clinic is saving lives.