December 10, 2020– PALTOWN Development Foundation today announced the global launch of COLONTOWN University (CTU), the first of its kind online learning center for Colorectal Cancer (CRC) patients and caregivers.
As part of the initiative, PALTOWN is expanding access to its learning centers, making CTU available to anyone seeking educational resources about Colorectal Cancer. CRC is the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, and an estimated 1.8 million new cases of colorectal cancer are expected in 2020, giving CTU the potential to reach thousands of patients and caregivers.
COLONTOWN University is a secure online platform that hosts training and educational resources developed by PALTOWN and its partners. The site launched with two Learning Centers: the Diagnostic and Surveillance Testing Center and the Clinical Trials Learning Center with the latest scientific research, clinical data, and actionable resources about newer diagnostic/surveillance tests and clinical trials for CRC patients.
“COLONTOWN University has the potential to help tens of thousands of CRC patients,” according to Nancy Seybold, COO of PALTOWN Development Foundation. “By expanding the University to the broader CRC community, we are removing barriers to information, bringing critical resources directly to patients, and empowering them to get answers that can help guide informed decisions about their care.”
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PALTOWN currently supports over 5400 patients and caregivers in its exclusive online community COLONTOWN, a unique model of patient-led empowerment, with over 120 private “neighborhoods” for patients and caregivers to gain the emotional and psychosocial support they need, as well as the latest science-based data to inform their care and treatment.
COLONTOWN, founded by Erika Hanson Brown, a stage III CRC patient, is the first patient-powered disease specific community under the umbrella of the PALTOWN Development Foundation, a 501(c)3 dedidcated to addressing information needs and social isolation through training, technology, and purpose-driven community leadership. PALTOWN is committed to expanding its unique model of online peer-to-peer health communities to provide hope and empowerment to patient leaders in the CRC space and across other disease states.
Interim Executive Director
PALTOWN Development Foundation