Brand-new advancements in cancer diagnostics and treatment emerge each day! CTOAM stays up-to-date on all of the latest cancer research to make sure that you know what your best options are. Here’s what you need to know...

What’s New in Cancer Research?

Published by on November 5, 2020 | Share your thoughts

New Studies and Articles in Cancer Research Welcome to our ongoing list of new studies and articles published on cancer research. Explore the archive below to see which ones are useful to you and your doctor.  Study Finds Universal Genetic Testing Uncovers More Inherited Mutations vs Guideline-Based Genetic Testing Oral Antibiotics and Risk of Colon or Rectal Cancer Pilot Study Finds Liquid Biopsy Delivers Results Faster Than Tissue Biopsy Cancer Therapy Based on Molecular Tumor Board Recommendations: Improvement in Outcomes? Study Examines Combined Impact of Aspirin, Metformin, and Statins on Lung Cancer Risk Is Drinking Coffee Daily Linked to Improved Survival in Patients With Advanced Colorectal Cancer? Use of ctDNA to Direct Therapy in Advanced Breast Cancer Launch of Compassionate Use Program for Ulixertinib  Outlook...
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Join our Cancer Advocacy and Education Facebook Group!

Published by on November 30, 2020 | Share your thoughts

👉 Join our new Cancer Advocacy and Education Facebook group We can all agree: having cancer is really hard! When you get a diagnosis of cancer, everything – and nothing – changes.  I mean…life still goes on around you: you still need to pay the bills, weed the garden, make dinner, do the dishes and call your sister.  But inside, your life is forever changed. You will never again take life for granted.  You’re being forced to go on a mission you did not ask for, a journey you’d much prefer not to take. But here you are.  And while you might not be sure just what to do, you are sure that how you handle this next phase of your life – how you...
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3 Genetic Tests Can Increase Your Life Expectancy by 80%!

Published by on November 18, 2020 | Share your thoughts

You’ve probably already heard about genetic tests for cancer. But did you know that when just one special type of genetic test is used in your cancer diagnosis your life expectancy increases by 30%? And did you know that when you add all 3 types of genetic tests to your diagnosis and treatment plan, your life expectancy increases by 80+% over standard care? Comprehensive Genetic Tests Are Key to Treatment Success With this leading-edge medical science, you and your oncologist can be certain that your diagnosis is accurate and that you’re getting the absolute best treatment for your cancer. Waste no time, leave nothing to chance. You should not feel like you’re in the dark about your cancer care! Demand certainty and don’t settle for...
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A Second Chance for John

Published by on November 11, 2020 | Share your thoughts

John’s wife Nan had been diagnosed with an advanced form of cervical cancer nearly a decade ago. They spent about 5 years trying to fight it through standard care. Nan got surgery, radiation, and many rounds of chemo. She grew worse. They eventually reached out to us when it looked like there was nothing more that could be done for Nan, except for palliative chemo, through standard care. We took a look at her case and immediately sent Nan for genetic testing. Our cancer expert Alex Rolland found several promising treatment options based on results, including immunotherapy. However, due to various factors at the time, John and Nan decided to stick with standard care and continue with the palliative chemo. Nan passed away several months...
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Does Chemo Work?

Published by on November 4, 2020 | Share your thoughts

This is probably the question we get asked the most. Does chemo work?  It’s something you need to know… Whether you choose to go ahead with chemo or if you pursue other options. In this video, our cancer expert Alex Rolland shares what chemo is, how it works, and if there’s something better… Watch here ⬇️ How Does Chemo Work? In a nutshell, chemo works by stopping cancer cells from replicating. But there’s a catch! Chemo is NOT selective – it attacks all rapidly reproducing cells in your body…even the healthy ones. That’s why hair loss is common, among the many other devastating side effects. And, chemo doesn’t target the part of the cell that’s mutated and replicating. So once you stop treatment, the cells...
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Better Cancer Care: How to Get What You Need

Published by on October 28, 2020 | Share your thoughts

“You get what you settle for.” You’ve probably heard that one before.  A good friend of mine told me this, many years ago, in relation to my dating life. I was seeing someone new and wasn’t sure if they were right for me…and my friend said, “well Michelle, you get what you settle for! So the question is: do you want to settle for him?”  I chewed on that for a while and eventually realized, yeah…I wasn’t going to settle for this particular man. And I’m so glad I didn’t!  Why am I telling you about my past dating woes?  Because “you get what you settle for” is true for many areas of life… Including cancer care.  Getting Better Cancer Care Requires Advocacy Standard cancer...
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How David Went From Stage IV to Full Remission in Less Than 1 Year

Published by on October 21, 2020 1 Comment

David was a pilot for Air Canada, with a loving wife and two young children. He had a good life. Young at heart and in his early 40s, he stayed fit by playing tennis and loved to relax spending time with his family and their giant fluffy black cat, Snickers, in their cozy Alberta home they’d newly renovated. The Dreaded News: Stage IV Cancer… Needless to say, getting cancer was not in David’s plans.But as we all know, cancer doesn’t play fair. And in his early 40s David got the dreaded news: he had a particularly complex case of stage IV neuroendocrine cancer. Pretty much the worst case scenario, especially for someone so young. His oncologist – one of the top neuroendocrine specialists in the country – told him chemo was...
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What Questions Should You Ask Your Oncologist?

Published by on October 14, 2020 1 Comment

15 to 20 mins. That’s the average length your oncologist has to talk with you at your appointment.  No wonder they’re not able to tell you about ALL your treatment options. Nor ALL the diagnostics available.  Your oncologist’s day is full to the brim: they see, on average, over 50 patients per week! Plus meetings, rounds, and learning new standard protocols. They are exhausted. Between 47% to 74% of oncologists report burnout. 67% report exhaustion. Those numbers don’t exactly inspire confidence… Oncologists do not have time – even if they wanted – for personalized cancer research. Nor learning about all the NEW protocols beyond standard care. Not their fault; it’s just how public healthcare works. This means, unfortunately, that it’s your job to find out...
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My Personal Story…Dealing with Cancer in the Family

Published by on October 8, 2020 1 Comment

Michelle Morand here. I co-founded CTOAM, alongside research scientist Alex Rolland, over a decade ago. Each day we hear stories from people around the world who are struggling with cancer. So I thought it was high-time that I shared a personal story with you…about my own experience with cancer in the family. Like a Punch in the Gut… I had a beloved uncle who was like a father to me. He was a pianist who inspired my love of music and his sweet little dog, Inch, cemented my own love of animals. He was the family member I related to the most. I loved him dearly.   When he was diagnosed with cancer I was devastated…as was my mother, his big sister. Determined to do everything we could...
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Is a Vegetarian Diet Best for Cancer Prevention?

Published by on September 30, 2020 | Share your thoughts

Is a mostly vegetarian diet really the best for cancer prevention? It’s a question we get asked a lot. And the answer is a bit more nuanced than you might think. First off, you can think of it this way: there are certain foods that feed cancer cells and others that starve them.  Obviously you want to be eating more of the foods that starve cancer…and less of the foods that feed them. Some things that cancer cells love: Sugars Saturated fat Cholesterol Insulin Growth hormones Based on this list, we can start to see why meat can cause a problem… Saturated fat and cholesterol are both common in meat – especially red meat. When you eat meat your body actually produces more insulin. And...
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