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How to Reduce Your Cancer Risk as You Age

Published by on September 29, 2021 | Share your thoughts

Is it possible to reduce cancer risk as you get older? You’ve probably noticed that older folks are more affected by cancer than younger people. Of course, there are many exceptions – you may even be one of them, or perhaps you know someone who developed cancer at younger age. I meet people each day who are in their 30s or 40s and, despite being the picture of health, find themselves faced with cancer. In next week’s email, I’ll reveal why and how that occurs…and what you can do about it! But first, let’s unpack this all-too-common question: Why are older people more prone to cancer? CTOAM’s cancer expert & research scientist, Alex Rolland, made a video for you to explain just that. How to...
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Watch our Free Cancer Advocacy Webinar

Published by on July 14, 2021 1 Comment

By now, you probably know that we love to empower cancer patients and their loved ones. It’s really, ultimately, what we do here at Cancer Treatment Options and Management (or, as we like to say, C-TOAM). That’s why I made this cancer advocacy webinar for you… It’s all about the realities of our healthcare system and how you can advocate for better cancer care. Plus, I pull back the curtain on our step-by-step roadmap for 7 new ways to beat cancer. This is the same system that CTOAM’s Research Scientist, Alex Rolland, has used to prepare treatment plans for oncologists at renowned treatment centres and hospitals all over the world! (Including The Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and MD Anderson.) I’ll show you how we do...
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Does Intermittent Fasting Prevent Cancer?

Published by on June 30, 2021 | Share your thoughts

Does intermittent fasting prevent cancer? You might’ve heard the term swirling around recently… Intermittent fasting has been gaining popularity in the past few years – not just for weight control, but for longevity and overall health.  But does it help to prevent, or treat, cancer? That’s the big question that you probably want to know. Here’s what our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, has to say about intermittent fasting and its impact on cancer… First of all, what IS intermittent fasting? Generally speaking, intermittent fasting implies a) a reduction of your usual caloric intake by about two thirds and b) eating within a finite period of time during the day and fasting for the other period.  For example, a common ratio (and one that has been...
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Can Herbs and Supplements Help You Prevent Cancer?

Published by on May 26, 2021 1 Comment

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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The Emotional Effects of Cancer: Part 2

Published by on April 21, 2021 | Share 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

Published by on April 14, 2021 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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Foods to Avoid with Cancer Treatment?

Published by on April 7, 2021 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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2 Lifestyle Changes for Cancer Care

Published by on February 24, 2021 | Share your thoughts

When it comes to lifestyle changes for cancer care, almost every patient I talk to asks this question: What should I be eating to help me beat cancer?  But less than half will ask about other self-care aspects, like exercise – and this is actually just as important… So here’s the skinny on both for you! See what our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, has to say about the best diet and exercise plan for cancer patients: Watch here 👇 Important Lifestyle Changes for Cancer Care First up…diet! In a nutshell, cancer patients will generally want to follow a longevity diet: ✅ Intermittent fasting✅ Reduced caloric intake✅ Mostly vegetarian diet (especially after 50 years old)✅ Foods that are easily digested✅ Wide variety of plant-based foods Dietary...
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Can Meditation Help with Cancer?

Published by on February 10, 2021 | Share your thoughts

CTOAM’s Cancer Expert Explores the Connection Between Meditation and Cancer… “When I was going through treatment, I started meditating every day. I’d never done that before but Alex suggested it and some other friends of mine did, too. It definitely helped. That was years ago…as I started to feel better and my life went back to normal, I stopped. Life just got busy. And yeah, I’d like to get back into it…it was really beneficial.” – Annette That’s what one of our patients, Annette, shared with me when we talked a few months ago about how she was feeling being in long-term remission, and reflecting on her journey with cancer and CTOAM. We helped Annette go from stage IV to long-term remission with our Precision...
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7 Ways to Accept Support When You Have Cancer

Published by on January 20, 2021 1 Comment

It took a while – 3 years, to be exact – but Barbara finally learned to accept help from others.  Who was her teacher? Cancer.  Now, I’m the first to say that having cancer is just crap. It sucks. (To put it mildly.) Period. AND…having cancer also forces you to grow in ways you could’ve never imagined. You see, Barbara was diagnosed 6 years ago with cervical cancer.  She’s doing fine now, thanks to a second opinion from Alex and our team at CTOAM!  But back then – before she reached out to us – things were not going well.  She was still only using standard care at that time, which meant chemo.  On her best days, she felt a bit weak and fatigued…and on...
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