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Early Detection Can Save Your Life! | Newsletter Issue 11

February 13, 2019 1:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Each year, 9.6 million people die of cancer. In fact, cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide. But did you know that up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year through prevention, early detection, and fast & precise treatment? In this issue, we are going to focus on early cancer detection and how Precision Oncology – the most scientifically advanced cancer care available – can help you, and your loved ones, detect cancer as early as possible. CTOAM exists to support cancer patients around the globe to access the very best cancer care available, from anywhere in the world, right where you live. Helping cancer patients and their families to be aware of all their options is crucial to CTOAM’s goal...
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Supposed “Cure” for Cancer is Unlikely – But Precision Oncology Brings Hope

February 1, 2019 12:15 am Published by Leave your thoughts

A news story broke the other day, claiming that a team of Israeli scientists had found a complete cure for cancer that would be available within a year. Sounds incredible, right? There’s only one problem: anytime you see something that claims to be a cure for cancer, you should always approach it with skepticism. The idea of a ‘complete cure for cancer’ is fundamentally problematic when you understand what cancer actually is. Science Based Medicine explains: “Cancer is not one disease, but a category including many related diseases. Different cancers involve different tissues, different mutations, and different behaviors and features. While some treatments are effective against a variety of cancers, there is no one treatment effective against all cancers (let alone a cure for all...
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Best New Year’s Resolutions for Cancer Patients | Newsletter Issue 10

January 8, 2019 9:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s that time of year again…time for the annual barrage of “New Year, New You” articles, memes, and discussions around the water cooler. If you have cancer, though, this year is probably looking a bit different. The typical New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, start running, cut out gluten, or floss daily don’t seem that important. You have one goal and wish for this year – and that’s to survive cancer. Our client care team at CTOAM has put together a list of things you can do this year that are scientifically proven to increase your chances of beating cancer. So that you can look forward to many more years of making New Year’s resolutions and spending time with your loved ones. Check out Issue...
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5 New Year’s Resolutions to Make When You Have Cancer

January 5, 2019 10:33 pm Published by 2 Comments

It’s that time of year again…time for the annual barrage of “New Year, New You” articles, memes, and discussions around the water cooler. If you have cancer, though, this year is probably looking a bit different. The typical New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, start running, cut out gluten, or floss daily don’t seem that important. You have one goal and wish for this year – and that’s to survive cancer. Our client care team at CTOAM has put together a list of things you can do this year that are scientifically proven to increase your chances of beating cancer. So that you can look forward to many more years of making New Year’s resolutions and spending time with your loved ones. 1. Get a...
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What NOT to Say to a Cancer Patient | Newsletter Issue 9

December 17, 2018 12:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You can either love or dread spending time with your family over the holidays, but one thing is certain: if someone in your family has cancer, other people may struggle with what to say or how to handle their own emotions in the situation. Susan Silk is a clinical psychologist who developed something called the Ring Theory – a simple template for how to act around people in a crisis situation. Her Ring Theory can help cancer patients and caregivers have a better understanding of how to navigate their emotional needs. This can come in particularly handy at Christmas! → Feel More Supported with These Resources Check out Issue 9 of the CTOAM newsletter to learn about how the Ring Theory can help you and your loved ones. Do you...
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What is the Ring Theory for Cancer Patients?

December 16, 2018 11:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

How to Support a Loved One with Cancer The inspiration for the Ring Theory began when psychologist Susan Silk had breast cancer. She underwent surgery for it, and during her recovery in the hospital, Susan found that she didn’t feel like having visitors. This is a common feeling for many cancer patients – they’re exhausted by treatment or the emotional toll, and simply don’t have energy to give to others. But Susan quickly learned that her friends didn’t necessarily understand this. When she tried explaining to a colleague, who had come to visit, that she just wasn’t in the mood, it didn’t go well: her colleague responded to Susan by saying, “This isn’t about you!” Meaning that, Susan’s needs were a lower priority that those...
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How to Prevent Cancer by Starving It | Anti-Angiogenic Foods for Cancer

November 28, 2018 9:03 pm Published by 1 Comment

Eating more anti-angiogenic foods for cancer is an excellent way to help prevent cancer, as well as enhance your cancer treatment and prevention of recurrence. In his fascinating TED Talk, Dr. William Li explains how we can use certain foods to starve cancer cells from ever growing into something harmful. How Angiogenesis Affects Cancer Let’s first get a few things clear about cancer and angiogenesis. Most cancers are preventable. As many as 95% of cancers are related to lifestyle and environment. Your habits (such as smoking), diet (red meat and processed meats, especially), alcohol, and environment (pollution and exposure to carcinogenic chemicals) all affect your risk of cancer. Many cancers are caused by diet. Around 30-35% of cancers are caused by lifestyle and environment. Eating certain...
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Cannabis and Cancer – Does it Help or Harm? | Newsletter Issue 8

November 11, 2018 10:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s official, cannabis is now legal in Canada. So while it has been available by prescription for a while, it’s now readily available without a prescription – and more people may start using it in conjunction with, or as a replacement for, cancer treatment. CTOAM wants cancer patients and their loved ones to know the facts before making any life-altering or potentially harmful decisions. Helping cancer patients and their families to be aware of all their options is crucial to CTOAM’s goal of saving lives and improving cancer care for everyone. Check out Issue 8 of the CTOAM newsletter to learn the myths and truths about cannabis and cancer treatment. Do you want to have life-saving information delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for our...
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4 Truths About Cannabis for Cancer Treatment

November 10, 2018 10:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s official, cannabis is now legal in Canada. So while it has been available by prescription for a while, it’s now readily available without a prescription – and more people may start using it in conjunction with, or as a replacement for, cancer treatment. We want cancer patients and their loved ones to know the facts before making any life-altering or potentially harmful decisions. Read on to explore if cannabis might be helpful or harmful for your cancer care. 1. Truth: Cannabis Can NOT Cure Cancer There are several pervasive conspiracy theories claiming that cannabis (or something else simple and natural) can cure cancer – and that the giant pharmaceutical companies have been hiding this fact for years. However, this theory has a few key...
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Cancer – Is It Safe? | Newsletter Issue 7

October 12, 2018 6:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Have you ever wondered…what is complementary and alternative medicine for cancer?  Is it helpful or harmful – or is it more complicated than that? And how do you tell which is which? And, how do alternative medicine for cancer and complementary treatment differ from standard cancer care and Precision Oncology? CTOAM exists to support cancer patients around the globe to access the very best cancer care available, from anywhere in the world, right where you live. Understanding the science behind the many treatment options available to you – including Complementary and Alternative Medicine for cancer (CAM) – will help you to make choices that are best for your health, as well as your finances.   Helping cancer patients and their families to be aware of all...
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