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How to Talk to Your Doctor About Precision Oncology

June 2, 2021 10:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“How do I talk to my doctor about Precision Oncology?” We hear this a lot… So I wanted to give you something that might help: My team and I made this easy-to-read pamphlet specifically for this reason –  So patients could show their doctor… And start a conversation about getting better cancer care. Click here to get the pamphlet! My recommendation? Give this to your doctor and see what they say. If they have any questions or concerns, write them down, and then email them to me.  I’ll be happy to answer you back.  You can also invite your doctor to call me and my team if they’d like more information. Why is it SO important to start a conversation about Precision Oncology with your...
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Can Herbs and Supplements Help You Prevent Cancer?

May 26, 2021 10:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There’s a lot of misinformation out there on whether herbs can help with cancer prevention. Maybe you’ve already Googled it and found 20 different answers… Or maybe you’re just going with what your friend or naturopath suggested… But today I want to take a moment to dig into the science behind this topic! Are there really herbs and supplements that could help prevent cancer? And, if so, which ones and how much should you be taking? CTOAM co-founder and Director of Scientific Research, Alex Rolland, has had so many people ask him this question that he decided to make this video to help: Click to watch! Can Certain Herbs Help Prevent Cancer? As with everything cancer-related, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer! (Do you see a theme...
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My Personal Health Crisis

May 19, 2021 10:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

CTOAM Co-Founder Michelle Morand shares her recent personal health crisis – and what cancer patients can learn from it. For three years, I’d been repeatedly visiting my doctor with the same complaint:  I was experiencing a lot of pain, plus the feeling of a mass, in my pelvic area. I had pap tests and x-rays and manual examinations… And each time the doctors told me it was nothing.  Eventually the pain got so bad that I just couldn’t stand to hear someone tell me it was ‘nothing’ anymore. So I finally took matters into my own hands: I shelled out $2,000 for a PET/CT scan to see what was actually going on inside of me… Within 48 hours I had the information I needed (or at...
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Can a Keto Diet Help You to Beat Cancer?

May 12, 2021 10:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Can a keto diet help your body to fight cancer? The answer, as usual, is not black-and-white… Our cancer expert and research scientist, Alex Rolland, made a video to help you understand: Watch here! First, let’s get on the same page… What’s a keto diet anyway? Basically, it’s when you greatly reduce your intake of carbs (both simple and complex) and increase your intake of high-fat foods.  What happens is that your body runs out of simple carbs to produce glucose…so instead, your body ends up using fats to produce glucose. In this process, the byproduct is a ketone. (Hence the nickname, ‘keto’.) One of the main benefits of a keto diet is that it causes you to burn fat, so people often lose weight...
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PET/CT Scan

PET/CT for Cancer – Explained!

May 5, 2021 10:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Why is a PET/CT scan for cancer important? If you’ve ever been diagnosed with cancer, you’ve undoubtedly heard the term ‘CT scan’ pop up.  And, if you’re lucky, you’ve also heard a bit about PET/CT scans… But what’s the difference between these two types of imaging?  And why is it that most doctors will usually only send you for a CT scan…and not a PET/CT for cancer?  These are important q’s that directly relate to your cancer treatment success… And you need to understand the answers in order to be able to advocate more effectively for yourself. That’s why I’ve put together a comprehensive guide for you that’s all about PET/CT scans (and why they’re different from CT scans)… And I want to give it...
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Audubon Bioscience

Exciting Cancer Research News – CTOAM is Partnering with Audubon Bioscience!

April 28, 2021 10:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m very excited and proud to share that our team at CTOAM has partnered with Audubon Bioscience!  We are joining forces to raise awareness and educate doctors and patients about the value of precision oncology and innovative diagnostic methods such as tumour DNA sequencing.   One of our biggest missions at CTOAM is to make precision oncology available to as many cancer patients as possible. How Progress is Happening with Audubon Bioscience It’s no small feat to get these advanced diagnostics and treatments integrated into standard care…but we are tirelessly working toward it, one step at a time. And thanks to the work that Audubon Bioscience is doing, science will be able to develop new targeted therapies, immunotherapies, and numerous other treatment options and diagnostics much...
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The Emotional Effects of Cancer: Part 2

April 21, 2021 10:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

What are the emotional effects of cancer? Last week we talked about the first main way that cancer affects your mental health: the treatment you’re on, as well as your pain levels, can cause your hormones to fluctuate and make you feel more down than usual. But there’s good news – your hormones will even out again when the treatment stops and your pain decreases. Knowing this can help you to persevere and stay hopeful through the down times.  Today we’re going to cover the second main way that cancer affects your mental health… 2. The emotional effects of cancer and lack of control💡 The emotional effects of cancer are deep and broad. There are two obvious and immediate massive pieces that you are forced...
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Cancer and Mental Health – What’s Really Going On? Part 1

April 14, 2021 10:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Why does cancer affect your mental health? And, is there anything you can do for your mental health with cancer to make life a little bit less stressful in the meantime? You may or may not know this, but… I’ve been a professional counsellor for the last 30+ years. And I’ve helped thousands of folks through incredibly hard times. Without tooting my own horn too much, it’s safe to say I know a thing or two about mental health! 🙂 Working so closely with cancer patients and their loved ones during the past decade, since CTOAM began, has made me realize, even more deeply, how crucial it is to have awareness about what you’re going through emotionally… How Cancer and Mental Health Affect You You...
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Cancer research

What’s New in Cancer Research?

April 10, 2021 8:21 am Published by 2 Comments

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.  Diet and Exercise Intervention May Increase Efficacy of Chemotherapy in Pediatric Patients With Leukemia ASTRO Survey Explores Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Radiation Oncology Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Delivery of Breast Cancer Care in New York Statins Reduced Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Meta-analysis The COVID-19 Pandemic and Cancer Care for Older Patients in the United States: Effect on Diagnosis and Treatment Does Following a Mediterranean Diet Reduce the Risk of Disease Progression in Men on Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer? Fecal Microbiota Transplants May Help Patient...
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Foods to Avoid with Cancer Treatment?

April 7, 2021 10:00 am Published by 1 Comment

We get asked this question a lot from our patients and readers. It makes sense… Since diet is one of things you can have control over during your cancer care! Our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, made a video to explain which foods you should be avoiding when you’re on cancer treatment: 👉 Watch here Foods to Avoid with Cancer Treatment With chemo, Alex says you definitely want to avoid eating foods that are involved in inflammation. These include… Saturated fats – often found in cheeses, meats, and junk food Acrylamides – a byproduct of barbecuing, cooking, and used in the food industry Bisphenols – a compound found in water bottles and in the lining of tin cans. (Bisphenols are what Alex calls an ‘endocrine effector’,...
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