What is a Twitter Chat?

For one hour, we invite anyone interested in being part of the discussion on a specific topic about colorectal cancer through the used of a designated hashtag.

During each Twitter Chat, questions will be presented and all participants can respond with their answers, resources, and links to help answer the question or move the conversation. Active participants include patients, survivors, providers, researchers, advocates, and anyone who sees a question come across their feed and wants to jump into the conversation.

We hope others will join in the hours and days after the chat, as the responses reverberate through the Twitterverse. By participating in a Twitter Chat, you are pulling up a chair to an important and informative conversation with global reach.

Want to prepare in advance? Questions for each chat will be posted 24-48 hours in advance. All are welcome.

Stay up to date on these and all upcoming Twitter Chats by following us. @GYRIG

2019 Twitter Chat Schedule

(All dates, times, topics, co-hosts, and sponsors are subject to change)

 March 13, 2019, 1 p.m. ET


Co-host: Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation @ColonCancerFdn

Capitalizing on both March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the upcoming Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Summit in NYC, we take on the rise in young onset CRC, and see where we’ve made progress and where there is still work to be done in reaching an at risk generation.

March #EAOCRC Questions

Twitter Chat graphic April 10, 2019, 1 p.m. ET

 #CRCPatient with Dr. Toufic Kachaamy

Co-host: Cancer Treatment Centers of America @CancerCenter

Topics include:

* Colon cancer among millennials * Family history of colon cancer * In addition to asking what your family history of colon cancer, we also need to be asking the family history of polyps. * Colon Cancer Screening * Latest studies * What questions should you be asking your gastroenterologist before your colon cancer screening?

April #CRCPatient Questions

Sponsored by @CancerCenter

 June 26, 2019


Co-host: Minnesota Gastroenterology @MN_Gastro

MNGI Digestive Health

Still the gold standard for screening, a colonoscopy doesn’t come without baggage and preconceived notions for many. Let’s dispel the myths, have gastroenterologists give us advice for the prep, and other tips on how to prepare for the best colonoscopy you can have.

Colonoscopy #CRCchat Questions

Sponsored by @ColoWrap and @SalixPharma

July 16, 2019, 1 p.m. ET

 #CRCPatient with Dr. Saba Radhi

Co-host: Cancer Treatment Centers of America @CancerCenter

Topics include:

* Fertility preservation * Tumor markers * Hereditary cancer * Genetic testing * Clinical trials * Facing recurrence

Sponsored by @CancerCenter

 September 2019


An informative chat about all the latest options for screening, the pros and cons, and why a conversation with your doctor can lead to the best screening option for you.

Sponsored by @Epi_ProColon

October 9, 2019, 1 p.m. ET

 #CRCPatient with Dr. Vivek Iyer

Co-host: Cancer Treatment Centers of America @CancerCenter

Topics include:

* Pain control * Why type of pain management is right for you? * What to ask your doctor about pain your pain management options * Alternatives to opioids * Nerve block * How do the options compare to one another * Importance of communication regarding pain

Sponsored by @CancerCenter

 December 2019


Co-host: Fight Colorectal Cancer @FightCRC

A disparity is simply a difference, and in colorectal cancer it is the difference between the people who do get screened, and those that don’t or can’t. In this chat we’re going to address what keeps people from getting screened, and what we’re doing to bridge the gap, remove barriers, and make it easier for everyone to have access to screening.

February 6, 2020

 #CRCPatient with Mind-Body Medicine Therapist Myshel Oliver

Co-host: Cancer Treatment Centers of America @CancerCenter

Topics include:

* Depression and Anxiety * Chemo brain * Adjusting to the new normal * Relationship issues * Cancer and career * Parenting with cancer * Caregiving

Sponsored by @CancerCenter