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My Personal Health Crisis

Published by on May 19, 2021 | Share 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?

Published by on May 12, 2021 | Share 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 for Cancer – Explained!

Published by on May 5, 2021 2 Comments

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

Published by on April 28, 2021 | Share 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

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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What’s New in Cancer Research?

Published by on April 10, 2021 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?

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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Suffering from Cancer Treatment Wait Times?

Published by on March 31, 2021 | Share your thoughts

You’re not alone. It’s true… 55% of cancer patients in Canada are experiencing treatment & testing delays these. A recent article by the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network reveals that even after cancer services have resumed, over half of cancer patients are still reporting that their treatment, tests, and appointments have been cancelled or postponed… “Respondents said they had to wait an average of 34 days to reschedule cancelled or postponed in-person appointments, and 52 days to reschedule surgery and other procedures.” As I have talked about many times before, the sad reality is…even without COVID, cancer treatment wait times are far too long to begin with. You know as well as I do – you need access to proper diagnostics and treatment, NOW.  You need...
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How to Beat Stage 4 Neuroendocrine Cancer

Published by on March 24, 2021 | Share your thoughts

“I’m just really grateful. Because I don’t think Korey would still be here if we weren’t involved with you.” That’s Erin talking about her husband, Korey, who went from a rare, complex stage 4 neuroendocrine cancer diagnosis to remission in less than a year. Sounds too good to be true, I know – but it’s not. This is the power of Precision Oncology. And it all started with Erin and Korey’s unshakable determination to advocate for better cancer care. 🧬 Erin found CTOAM after standard care had left Korey with no more options. She knew she had to find a way to get him the help he needed…and their three young kids needed her to stay strong. She refused to give up hope. So she...
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