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Does Chemo Work?

Published by on November 4, 2020 | Share your thoughts

This is probably the question we get asked the most. Does chemo work?  It’s something you need to know… Whether you choose to go ahead with chemo or if you pursue other options. In this video, our cancer expert Alex Rolland shares what chemo is, how it works, and if there’s something better… Watch here ⬇️ How Does Chemo Work? In a nutshell, chemo works by stopping cancer cells from replicating. But there’s a catch! Chemo is NOT selective – it attacks all rapidly reproducing cells in your body…even the healthy ones. That’s why hair loss is common, among the many other devastating side effects. And, chemo doesn’t target the part of the cell that’s mutated and replicating. So once you stop treatment, the cells...
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Better Cancer Care: How to Get What You Need

Published by on October 28, 2020 | Share your thoughts

“You get what you settle for.” You’ve probably heard that one before.  A good friend of mine told me this, many years ago, in relation to my dating life. I was seeing someone new and wasn’t sure if they were right for me…and my friend said, “well Michelle, you get what you settle for! So the question is: do you want to settle for him?”  I chewed on that for a while and eventually realized, yeah…I wasn’t going to settle for this particular man. And I’m so glad I didn’t!  Why am I telling you about my past dating woes?  Because “you get what you settle for” is true for many areas of life… Including cancer care.  Getting Better Cancer Care Requires Advocacy Standard cancer...
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How David Went From Stage IV to Full Remission in Less Than 1 Year

Published by on October 21, 2020 1 Comment

David was a pilot for Air Canada, with a loving wife and two young children. He had a good life. Young at heart and in his early 40s, he stayed fit by playing tennis and loved to relax spending time with his family and their giant fluffy black cat, Snickers, in their cozy Alberta home they’d newly renovated. The Dreaded News: Stage IV Cancer… Needless to say, getting cancer was not in David’s plans.But as we all know, cancer doesn’t play fair. And in his early 40s David got the dreaded news: he had a particularly complex case of stage IV neuroendocrine cancer. Pretty much the worst case scenario, especially for someone so young. His oncologist – one of the top neuroendocrine specialists in the country – told him chemo was...
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What Questions Should You Ask Your Oncologist?

Published by on October 14, 2020 1 Comment

15 to 20 mins. That’s the average length your oncologist has to talk with you at your appointment.  No wonder they’re not able to tell you about ALL your treatment options. Nor ALL the diagnostics available.  Your oncologist’s day is full to the brim: they see, on average, over 50 patients per week! Plus meetings, rounds, and learning new standard protocols. They are exhausted. Between 47% to 74% of oncologists report burnout. 67% report exhaustion. Those numbers don’t exactly inspire confidence… Oncologists do not have time – even if they wanted – for personalized cancer research. Nor learning about all the NEW protocols beyond standard care. Not their fault; it’s just how public healthcare works. This means, unfortunately, that it’s your job to find out...
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My Personal Story…Dealing with Cancer in the Family

Published by on October 8, 2020 2 Comments

Michelle Morand here. I co-founded CTOAM, alongside research scientist Alex Rolland, over a decade ago. Each day we hear stories from people around the world who are struggling with cancer. So I thought it was high-time that I shared a personal story with you…about my own experience with cancer in the family. Like a Punch in the Gut… I had a beloved uncle who was like a father to me. He was a pianist who inspired my love of music and his sweet little dog, Inch, cemented my own love of animals. He was the family member I related to the most. I loved him dearly.   When he was diagnosed with cancer I was devastated…as was my mother, his big sister. Determined to do everything we could...
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Is a Vegetarian Diet Best for Cancer Prevention?

Published by on September 30, 2020 | Share your thoughts

Is a mostly vegetarian diet really the best for cancer prevention? It’s a question we get asked a lot. And the answer is a bit more nuanced than you might think. First off, you can think of it this way: there are certain foods that feed cancer cells and others that starve them.  Obviously you want to be eating more of the foods that starve cancer…and less of the foods that feed them. Some things that cancer cells love: Sugars Saturated fat Cholesterol Insulin Growth hormones Based on this list, we can start to see why meat can cause a problem… Saturated fat and cholesterol are both common in meat – especially red meat. When you eat meat your body actually produces more insulin. And...
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Should You Get the HPV Vaccine?

Published by on September 23, 2020 | Share your thoughts

You’ve probably heard of the HPV vaccine by now.  But is it really worth getting? Does it matter how old you are? And what if you’ve already had HPV? These are all good questions. Our cancer expert & research scientist, Alex Rolland, made a video to answer them. Find out why the HPV vaccine is so important I’ll give you a hint: no matter what age you are, you should be getting this vaccine! The HVP vaccine prevents many cancers Alex explains why HPV can actually cause many other cancers – not just cervical cancer. At this point, however, the guidelines for the HPV vaccine (including the age factor) are related to cervical cancer only. This is another example of standard healthcare being slow on the...
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A Devastating Breast Cancer Story with an Important Lesson

Published by on September 16, 2020 3 Comments

Why did Janice’s breast cancer go undiagnosed for so long? Janice came to us in October of last year. She had been experiencing pain in her left breast for over a year and could feel a strange lump. After 6 months Janice went to her doctor to see if it was breast cancer. Her GP took her concerns seriously and sent Janice for an ultrasound. But nothing obvious showed up on the results.  And since Janice had no other symptoms, her doctor said to just ‘wait and see’ if the pain continued.  9 months went by and the pain kept getting worse.  The painful waiting game… During that time, Janice tried everything: she started eating healthier, tried different bras, no bra, new pillows, physiotherapy, and...
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3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Gut Microbiome

Published by on September 9, 2020 | Share your thoughts

Can the health of your gut microbiome affect your treatment outcome? The short answer is…yes! It turns out that having a diverse gut microbiome is actually really important when it comes to cancer care.  For example, a recent study shows that having a healthy gut microbiome is linked to improved treatment outcomes for patients with metastatic kidney cancer. (You can read more about the study here.) But no matter what type of cancer you have, a good rule of thumb is to keep your gut microbiome as healthy as possible.In fact, it’s so important that CTOAM’s cancer expert & research scientist, Alex Rolland, made an entire Ask Alex episode about it! Watch here ⬇️ Want to Diversify Your Gut Microbiome? Here are 3 simple ways:...
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Why Doesn’t the Immune System Kill Cancer?

Published by on September 2, 2020 | Share your thoughts

You might have wondered, why doesn’t your body’s immune system kill cancer? I mean, our bodies have found a way to fight off so many other illnesses – the flu, colds, and so on – so what makes cancer different? Think of it this way… Cancer cells are sort of like an army that goes into battle and then steals the other army’s weapons. In this case, the other army is the immune system! Our immune system has so many resources…and cancer cells are smart enough to hijack them for their own nefarious purposes. But there’s a silver lining. The immune system’s role in cancer is a huge part of cancer research right now…and it’s led to the development of immunotherapy!  Our cancer expert & research...
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