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The Four Pillars of Precision Oncology | Newsletter Issue 4

September 10, 2018 2:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Precision Oncology has four distinct steps, also referred to as The Four Pillars of Precision Oncology. Clinical cancer research shows that when cancer patients include just one of these Precision Oncology tools the results are improved survival rates over standard cancer care, with greatly reduced treatment side effects. Now, what do you think the outcome would be when all four of these life-saving advances are applied to your cancer treatment? In fact, the data shows that the full Precision Oncology process results in greatly prolonged survival rates, even for patients with inoperable cancers and those who have already exhausted all standard care options. And for those who begin their cancer treatment with Precision Oncology, the outcomes are literally off the charts. Check out Issue 4 of the CTOAM newsletter to explore the Four Pillars of...
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Liquid Biopsies for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Monitoring | Newsletter Issue 3

September 10, 2018 1:29 pm Published by 2 Comments

Each year, there are many new advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Liquid Biopsies (tests to determine the presence and type of cancer, using blood instead of a tumour tissue sample) are a new tool in managing cancer and can be used in real-time diagnosis, treatment monitoring, checking for recurrences, and determining if new targeted therapies such as immunotherapy are right for you. Check out Issue 3 of the CTOAM newsletter to see the top life-saving advancements in cancer! Or, read more below. Do you want to have life-saving information delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for our monthly newsletter! Top Life Saving Advancements in Cancer | Liquid Biopsies LIQUID BIOPSIES To see real life success stories on how CTOAM has used Liquid Biopsies to change lives, take...
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FREE ebook! Precision Oncology: The Evolution Of Cancer Care

September 7, 2018 6:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Knowledge is power! Get your FREE copy of CTOAM’s Precision Oncology ebook. Just click the link below and start feeling more in control of your cancer care. → CLICK HERE to Download Your Free ebook! What’s inside the CTOAM Precision Oncology ebook? Everything you need to know about the newest science-based approaches to cancer treatment, testing, and diagnostics. Reading the ebook will help you to… → Gain confidence to advocate for yourself and loved ones with your doctor and treatment team → Better understand what cancer really is and how cancer diagnosis & treatment works → Make smart decisions about your cancer care from a place of clarity and understanding → Feel less stressed about moving forward with your cancer treatment → Know how to access the most effective testing and treatment available...
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How Genomic Profiling is Guiding Cancer Treatment

August 20, 2018 11:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Genomic profiling is approved by the FDA to help guide cancer treatment and clinical trial enrolment for cancer patients. Among other things, this approval allows the genetic test, F1CDx (FoundationOne CDx), to be used as a companion diagnostic test for 15 different targeted therapies used to treat five types of cancer. What is Genomic Profiling for Cancer Treatment? At its most basic, genomic profiling involves testing a patient’s genes – aka tumour DNA sequencing – to identify the exact genetic mutations that are driving that person’s form of cancer. After we identify the person’s genetic mutations, we find a targeted therapy to match. In other words, we find a drug that’s designed specifically to kill the patient’s exact genetic mutations. Not all genetic mutations have...
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Precision Oncology | The Newest Approach to Cancer Care, Explained

August 15, 2018 12:05 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Discover how cancer patients can live longer, and with a higher quality of life, by using Precision Oncology. Register for a Precision Second Opinion with our medical team today. The Four Pillars of Precision Oncology allow us to: Determine what genetic mutations are driving your cancer and ensure your diagnosis is accurate; Identify and help you access the MOST effective, evidence-based treatment(s) for your unique form of cancer; Monitor the efficacy of your treatment accurately and make rapid changes if needed. The Newest Approach to Cancer Treatment, Explained Watch the video, then read more about the Four Pillars of Precision Oncology at Why Use Precision Oncology? Better Survival Rates, Fewer Side Effects The research is clear: Using just one of the four steps in Precision Oncology...
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Yoga and Lung Cancer: Benefits for Patients and Caregivers

August 9, 2018 1:05 am Published by 2 Comments

It turns out that yoga and lung cancer are a good match, offering benefits to both lung cancer patients and their caregivers, including stress relief and ease of breath. Read on to explore what a recent study discovered about the connection between dyadic yoga and lung cancer patients. Dyadic Yoga for Lung Cancer Patients and Caregivers Appears to Optimize Treatment While data has already shown some of the effects that yoga has on breast cancer patients, less research has been done regarding lung cancer. Considering the emphasis that yoga places on breathing exercises, researchers wanted to explore whether yoga could reduce patients’ dyspnea (shortness of breath). An important aspect of this study was its emphasis on a dyadic approach: i.e. focusing on the interaction between...
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Immunotherapy for Cancer Treatment | Newsletter Issue 2

June 1, 2018 3:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Our understanding of cancer is growing exponentially each year, and each year we have new forms of treatments and diagnoses. One of the most promising new life-saving advancements in cancer care is Immunotherapy, which is a way to use your body’s own immune system to eliminate your cancer. Sound too good to be true? Check out Issue 2 of the CTOAM newsletter to see the top life-saving advancements in cancer! Or, read more below. Do you want to have life-saving information delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for our monthly newsletter! See how Immunotherapy has helped cancer patients like you: → Joan’s story (melanoma) – Joan is now cancer free! → Julio’s story (carcinoma) – Julio is now cancer free! → Damian’s story (colon cancer) → Betty’s story (colon cancer) → Mark’s story (colon cancer)...
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8 Ways to Advocate for Your Cancer Care – This Could Save Your Life

June 1, 2018 1:03 pm Published by 3 Comments

Do you really need a cancer care advocate or is the basic care you receive from your public oncologist good enough? Read on to find out the truth about standard care and decide for yourself. Joan was 45 years old when she was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic melanoma. Her public oncologist gave her the option of standard chemotherapy, which, according to studies, would’ve given her approximately less than a year to live. Since her disease would not respond to standard treatments, her oncologist told her that there were no other treatment options. She was told to get her affairs in order. But Joan wasn’t ready to accept this – so she and her husband reached out to CTOAM. Our cancer experts helped them to access the...
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Julio’s Cancer-Free Success Story

May 22, 2018 5:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

From Squamous Cell Carcinoma to Cancer-Free: Julio’s Success Story There is no greater reward than hearing from happy family members of patients we’ve helped. Here’s what the daughter of one of our patients shared with us when she updated CTOAM on her father’s health status. “My father is doing very well. He just had his appointment with his oncologist who gave him a glowing report. Best possible outcome. I am sure that the immunotherapy was instrumental in his cancer being undetectable a year after diagnosis…especially without surgery. We are confident that this good report will continue into the future. We are very grateful for your help and do believe more people should have access to this treatment [Keytruda]. We hope this will make the treatment...
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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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