Lecture Hall Video Library

June 4, 2021 – The Lecture Hall, COLONTOWN University‘s newest Learning Center, offers videos on a wide range of topics for colorectal cancer patients and caregivers, including:
  • Doc Talks from leading clinicians
  • Education and inspiration from our patient and caregiver staff
We thank our University sponsor, Thermo Fisher, for their support of this project.

PALTOWN 2020 Annual Report

March 3, 2021 – Our yearly summary has arrived! Meet some of PALTOWN’s amazing people and get up to speed on our programs and operations with this short snapshot of 2020.

COLONTOWN Junior: a New Community Space

January 21, 2021 – COLONTOWN Junior is a new community for families impacted by pediatric colorectal cancer. Parents and caregivers of crc patients under 21 are invited to join COLONTOWN Junior. Experienced COLONTOWN administrators help families find the support and resources they need. 

Second Opinion Project Launches

January 20, 2021 – PALTOWN is excited to announce the Second Opinion Project, supported by the Lu Family Fund. The Project provides financial assistance to stage iv colorectal cancer patients seeking second opinions and new treatment options.

Co-Founder Erika Brown Leaves PALTOWN

January 18, 2021 – COLONTOWN’s Founding Mayor and PALTOWN Co-founder Erika Hanson Brown is moving forward in her quest for increased patient empowerment in healthcare through new ventures in 2021. The PALTOWN Board of Directors extends deep gratitude to Erika for her work and leadership.

Video Series: Stage IV to NED

PALTOWN presents the stories of stage IV colorectal cancer patients with “no evidence of disease” (NED).

Chelsea and Peter Boet and their children

Dr. Chelsea Boet

November 17, 2020 -- All of us at PALTOWN are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend, colleague, and fearless champion Dr. Chelsea Boet. Chelsea was an active and engaged member of the PALTOWN Board of Directors. She was passionate about inspiring, supporting, and serving others in the CRC community. Today we share our broken hearts and deepest condolences with her husband, children, family, and so many who will profoundly feel her absence. She was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, doctor & friend. She cared deeply, inspired many, and made this world a better place. Her strength, compassion, tireless advocacy, and courage will continue to inspire all of us to shine our light even brighter in service of all those in the CRC community.

PALTOWN and HalioDx Partner on Colorectal Cancer Testing Learning Center

Marseille, France, October 8, 2020 — HalioDx SAS, the immuno-oncology diagnostic company, today announced the company will be participating in COLONTOWN University’s Diagnostic and Surveillance Testing Center.

PALTOWN and Natera Team Up to Launch COLONTOWN University

October 1, 2020: PALTOWN today announced its partnership with Natera, Inc. on the launch of COLONTOWN University (CTU), the first of its kind online learning center for over 5,300 Colorectal Cancer patients and caregivers.

Ruminations on Life and Loss

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Sept 15, 2020: PALTOWN Board member and COLONTOWNie Howard Brown is this month's guest blogger at the Colon Cancer Coalition.

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New COLONTOWN Management Team

July 15, 2020: Introducing our new COLONTOWN Management Team! Our new Mayor and Deputy Mayors each bring passion, commitment, and deep experience to their new roles leading our 5,000 member colorectal cancer community. Meet the Team

Support for our Community Leaders

June 25, 2020: We are excited to announce that the Colon Cancer Coalition has renewed its support for our Community Leaders, the team of patients and caregivers who manage our colorectal cancer community COLONTOWN. 

Celebrating National Survivors Day

June 7, 2020: In honor of National Survivors Day, some of COLONTOWN’s Stage IV survivors put together this compilation of their journeys to NED (No Evidence of Disease). 

Research Project Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting

May 29, 2020: COLONTOWN members created a protocol to help care teams understand how icing can improve quality of life for colorectal cancer patients receiving a common chemotherapy regimen. Check out our recent blog post for background on this innovative project.

New Leadership for COLONTOWN

April 10, 2020: We are proud to announce an important milestone for our colorectal cancer community, COLONTOWN. Read More

PALTOWN Voices

Meet Betsy Post!

I came to COLONTOWN as primary caregiver for my intellectually disabled sister, Pam, who was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer in 2016. I was

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Listen Now: COLONTOWN's Manju George on Stat's Readout LOUD

Scientific Director Manju George discusses the rise of early onset colorectal cancer and potential strategies to mitigate this frightening trend. Her interview starts at 16:50 in this podcast.

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Manju George

Manju is a research scientist and a rectal cancer survivor. As PALTOWN's Scientific Director, Manju oversees our scientific education programs, including CRC101, a resource for newly diagnosed patients arriving in our COLONTOWN community.