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 Questions Should You Ask Your Oncologist?

Published by on October 14, 2020 | Share your thoughts

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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Should You Get the HPV Vaccine?

Published by on September 23, 2020 | Share your thoughts

You’ve probably heard of the HPV vaccine by now.  But is it really worth getting? Does it matter how old you are? And what if you’ve already had HPV? These are all good questions. Our cancer expert & research scientist, Alex Rolland, made a video to answer them. Find out why the HPV vaccine is so important I’ll give you a hint: no matter what age you are, you should be getting this vaccine! The HVP vaccine prevents many cancers Alex explains why HPV can actually cause many other cancers – not just cervical cancer. At this point, however, the guidelines for the HPV vaccine (including the age factor) are related to cervical cancer only. This is another example of standard healthcare being slow on the...
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A Devastating Breast Cancer Story with an Important Lesson

Published by on September 16, 2020 1 Comment

Why did Janice’s breast cancer go undiagnosed for so long? Janice came to us in October of last year. She had been experiencing pain in her left breast for over a year and could feel a strange lump. After 6 months Janice went to her doctor to see if it was breast cancer. Her GP took her concerns seriously and sent Janice for an ultrasound. But nothing obvious showed up on the results.  And since Janice had no other symptoms, her doctor said to just ‘wait and see’ if the pain continued.  9 months went by and the pain kept getting worse.  The painful waiting game… During that time, Janice tried everything: she started eating healthier, tried different bras, no bra, new pillows, physiotherapy, and...
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3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Gut Microbiome

Published by on September 9, 2020 | Share your thoughts

Can the health of your gut microbiome affect your treatment outcome? The short answer is…yes! It turns out that having a diverse gut microbiome is actually really important when it comes to cancer care.  For example, a recent study shows that having a healthy gut microbiome is linked to improved treatment outcomes for patients with metastatic kidney cancer. (You can read more about the study here.) But no matter what type of cancer you have, a good rule of thumb is to keep your gut microbiome as healthy as possible.In fact, it’s so important that CTOAM’s cancer expert & research scientist, Alex Rolland, made an entire Ask Alex episode about it! Watch here ⬇️ Want to Diversify Your Gut Microbiome? Here are 3 simple ways:...
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Why Doesn’t the Immune System Kill Cancer?

Published by on September 2, 2020 | Share your thoughts

You might have wondered, why doesn’t your body’s immune system kill cancer? I mean, our bodies have found a way to fight off so many other illnesses – the flu, colds, and so on – so what makes cancer different? Think of it this way… Cancer cells are sort of like an army that goes into battle and then steals the other army’s weapons. In this case, the other army is the immune system! Our immune system has so many resources…and cancer cells are smart enough to hijack them for their own nefarious purposes. But there’s a silver lining. The immune system’s role in cancer is a huge part of cancer research right now…and it’s led to the development of immunotherapy!  Our cancer expert & research...
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Childhood Cancer: Why Do Kids Get Cancer?

Published by on August 26, 2020 | Share your thoughts

You might have wondered why children get cancer…  It’s a very fair question – after all, we know that many cancers are influenced by lifestyle factors. Things like smoking or obesity can indeed impact your chance of getting cancer over time…but not when you’re, say, 5 years old.  So why do some kids end up suffering from cancer? Our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, explains in this video below. Why childhood cancer occurs Here’s a quick rule of thumb, according to Alex: If someone has been diagnosed with cancer under the age of 50, it’s almost certain that they’ve inherited a cancer-related genetic mutation. In other words, they were born with it.  And it could either be a germline mutation (aka something passed down from a...
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Cancer Misdiagnosis – Should You Trust a CT Scan?

Published by on August 19, 2020 | Share your thoughts

Pretty much everyone dreads finding out they, or a loved one, have cancer. But that’s not even the worst part of a cancer diagnosis – what’s more stressful is wondering about cancer misdiagnosis. No fun. Read on to hear what happened to Gerry and how our research scientists at CTOAM were able to help. Gerry’s Cancer Misdiagnosis Story Gerry had been going about his life as usual. He worked an office day job that he liked, at a large company with decent health benefits. His wife, along with their two young boys, were the light of his life. Things were good. But after a routine work physical exam, everything changed. Gerry was given the news that no one ever wants to hear. A nightmare come...
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Brand New Antibody Testing for COVID-19

Published by on August 12, 2020 | Share your thoughts

Rapid at-home antibody testing for COVID-19 is the best way to lower your risk of infection! ✔️ The value of these tests has been well established in previous pandemics…and now, finally, in this current one too. We’ve been using these home-tests since the onset of this pandemic. With full disclosure to Health Canada, naturally. Because CTOAM’s research scientists have long known about the efficacy of this type of antibody testing for COVID-19! And now, after months, one of the most prestigious medical journals (The New England Journal of Medicine) has finally published their opinion on them, which verifies what our experts have known from the start! You can read the article here: 🩸 Why rapid home-testing for COVID-19 could save us from this mess It’s...
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