Categories for Cancer Research


Yoga and Lung Cancer: Benefits for Patients and Caregivers

Published by on August 9, 2018 | Share your thoughts

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 Cancer Treatment | How Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Work

Published by on June 1, 2018 | Share your thoughts

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? Read on to find out how it works! See how Immunotherapy has helped cancer patients like you: Colon cancer survivor Damian’s success story Melanoma survivor Joan’s success story What Is Immunotherapy for Cancer Treatment? The American Society of Clinical Oncology voted Immunotherapy as its top overall clinical advancement for both 2016 and 2017. So what, exactly, is it? Immunotherapy uses the body’s own immune system to treat cancer. The body’s immune system uses a “series checkpoints” to determine if cells are normal or a threat. Some forms of cancer bond with...
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8 Ways to Advocate for Your Cancer Care – This Could Save Your Life

Published by on June 1, 2018 2 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

Published by on May 22, 2018 | Share 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

Published by on May 22, 2018 | Share 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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Why Precision Oncology Works – Even if Some Reports on Targeted Therapies Say Otherwise

Published by on May 1, 2018 | Share 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

Published by on April 25, 2018 | Share 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

Published by on April 18, 2018 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?

Published by on April 5, 2018 | Share your thoughts

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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Life-Saving Advancements: Why Targeted Treatments for Cancer Offer Better Survival Rates

Published by on March 16, 2018 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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