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Renal Cell Carcinoma | New Targeted Treatment Discovery

May 22, 2018 4:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

New cancer treatments are being discovered all the time, and recently a new one was found for renal cell carcinoma. Nearly 50 new targeted therapies are released every month, and approximately 500 new studies on cancer alone released each week. However, many of these new therapies can take years to become available through public health care in Canada, if at all, because of the the public healthcare system’s limitations with time and budget. Access the Newest Cancer Treatments Often, the only way to access these superior treatments is through a precision oncology service like CTOAM (Cancer Treatment Options and Management). Our precision oncology consultants use genetic testing to determine the mutations that are driving your cancer and match those to the newest targeted drugs available....
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Alternatives to Chemotherapy: Why It’s Highly Beneficial to Delay Palliative Chemo

May 11, 2018 10:08 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you looking for alternatives to chemotherapy? Targeted therapies allow cancer patients to avoid chemo and benefit from treatment that is more effective, and less invasive, than standard treatment – including chemo and radiation. A good example of this is the success story of Margaret, a CTOAM patient with breast cancer. Using a unique precision oncology process, CTOAM helped Margaret delay palliative chemotherapy for two years. During that time she went on targeted therapies and was able to benefit from a longer, and higher quality, life. In sharing Margaret’s story, many people have asked an important question. What’s So Great About Postponing Chemo for Two Years? CTOAM’s cancer expert, Alex Rolland, explains why delaying palliative chemo – and finding evidence-based alternatives to chemotherapy – is so important....
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Why Precision Oncology Works – Even if Some Reports on Targeted Therapies Say Otherwise

May 1, 2018 9:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Why You Should Trust Precision Oncology  Precision oncology and, more specifically, targeted therapies have been under attack since their inception. There’ve been numerous studies and reports claiming that targeted therapies have NOT lived up to expectations and are still inferior to standard therapies. However, a more detailed look at these so-called ineffective studies reveals many design flaws in their methodologies. When the data is presented accurately, precision oncology produces significant benefits in both overall survival and reduced side effects for cancer patients. Problem #1: Using Targeted Drugs Without the Required Biomarker One issue with many studies involving targeted therapies is the use of targeted therapies without prior testing to ensure the relevant biomarker is present in that patient’s tumour tissue. While this may seem like...
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Hope for Cancer Patients: Precision Oncology

April 25, 2018 5:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Precision Oncology Offers You More Time & Higher Quality of Life Precision Oncology offers evidence-based hope for cancer patients at any stage of their disease, including Stage IV cancers. CTOAM provides our patients with a unique Precision Oncology Process, which can be tailored according to the patient’s individual needs. You can see how we help patients like you in our success stories and patient interviews. This can involve everything from PET/CT scan to genetic testing to targeted therapy recommendations, advanced treatment monitoring, and personalized nutrition plans based on medical science. All of CTOAM’s recommendations are based on peer-reviewed medical research. We value facts over promises. Make Sure You Know ALL Your Cancer Treatment Options If you’re a cancer patient living in Canada, it’s likely that your oncologist...
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Hope for Stage IV Cancer Patients through Precision Oncology

April 18, 2018 5:47 pm Published by 5 Comments

Is precision oncology really that much better than conventional cancer care? The answer is, Yes! The survival rates for stage IV cancer are significantly better with CTOAM’s precision oncology process.  And here are the statistics to prove it.   In the following graph and tables, we outline the overall significant increase in survival rates for stage IV cancer that our patients experience in contrast to those seen with conventional/standard Canadian cancer care.  Live Longer with Precision Oncology The patients listed have had at least one or more of CTOAM’s recommended therapies. Additionally, the patient data used for this chart comes from clients who were all determined to be stage IV at the time they reached out to bring us on board. It is possible, if not probably,...
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Can Exercise Prevent Cancer?

April 5, 2018 9:19 pm Published by 6 Comments

Looking for a good reason to step up your exercise and weightlifting routine? Most of us know that exercise is beneficial for lowering stress and increasing energy. But rigorous exercise and weight training are also proven to help prevent cancer, as well as slowing the progression and metastasis of cancers. Read on to find out what they are – and then get yourself to the gym, stat! 4 Ways That Exercise Prevents Cancer Here are some of the main mechanisms behind how rigorous exercise inhibits cancers: 1. Reduced Angiogenesis Since cancer cells are rapidly reproducing, they need to recruit extra blood vessels to help with their high metabolism. When you exercise with weights, you limit the ability of tumours to hijack blood vessels. This is...
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New Treatment for Glioblastoma – How an Innovative Approach is Saving Lives

April 5, 2018 8:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

New research has found that the addition of tumour-treating fields to temozolomide maintenance improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in glioblastoma patients. New Treatment for Glioblastoma: Addition of Tumour-Treating Fields to Maintenance Temozolomide in Glioblastoma Glioblastoma is one of the most difficult types of cancer to treat. However, treatments are continuing to improve as new precision oncology research emerges. About TTFields: Tumour-treating fields (TTFields) consist of low-intensity, alternating electric fields that are delivered by transducer arrays applied to the scalp. The tumour-treating fields modality interferes with glioblastoma cell division and organelle assembly by delivery of low-intensity alternating electric fields to the tumour. Therefore, researchers were interested in discovering whether adding TTFields to maintenance temozolomide chemotherapy would improve PFS and OS rates for patients...
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Why Targeted Treatments for Cancer Offer Better Survival Rates | Newsletter Issue 1

March 16, 2018 5:58 am Published by 1 Comment

Our understanding of cancer is growing each day! Discover why targeted treatments for cancer offer patients better survival rates, with fewer and less severe side effects. Check out the first issue of our CTOAM newsletter to see the top life-saving advancements in cancer! Or, read more below. Want to get life-saving info sent straight to your inbox? Sign up to our newsletter! How Targeted Treatments Can Save Your Life Over the past decade, cancer specialists and researchers have begun to realize that cancer treatment needs to focus less on where it is in the body and more on what is causing it to grow. When we perform genetic sequencing for a cancer patient we can now isolate the mutated gene(s) that are driving their cancer. Targeted treatment...
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Nutrition and Cancer: Can Cranberries Help Treat Prostate Cancer? Find Out What Science Says

March 16, 2018 5:58 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Cranberries are a powerful superfood, outranking most other fruits and vegetables with their large amount of disease-fighting phytochemicals. And it turns out that cranberries may benefit certain aspects of cancer treatment, too. Cranberry Powder Lowers Serum PSA in Prostate Cancer Patients In 2016, a study was conducted on the benefits of cranberry powder, involving 64 patients with prostate cancer. The patients were divided into two arms: the cranberry group and control (placebo) group. The cranberry group received 1500 mg of dry cranberry fruit powder for at least 21 days before having surgery (radical prostatectomy). Significantly, the cranberry arm experienced a 22.5% decrease in prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a measure of disease progression, compared to just 0.9% in the placebo arm. Additionally, blood levels of gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase (GT),...
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