Topic: Advocacy

Is Cancer Hereditary? Find Out if Cancer Runs in Your Family

Published by on October 6, 2021 | Share your thoughts

Is cancer hereditary? And, why does cancer happen in younger people?  Those two questions happen to be connected… The general rule of thumb is: If someone develops cancer under the age of 50, there’s a very high chance that it’s caused by cancer-related inherited mutations. Meaning, the person was born with certain mutations and it was really just a matter of time before they developed into cancer.  (Though, if you have cancer-causing inherited mutations, it’s not 100% certain that you will develop cancer at any point in your life. It ultimately comes down to chance and other lifestyle factors.) And…this is why we offer inherited mutation testing! You may or may not know this, but Cancer Treatment Options and Management (CTOAM) also has a sister...
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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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How “Heal Mary” Can Help You to Access Clinical Trials

Published by on September 8, 2021 | Share your thoughts

Don’t you just love it when you meet someone who’s work inspires you to your core? That’s how I felt when I had the chance to meet Cassandra Hui. Cassandra is the founder of a clinical trial platform called “Heal Mary”. Her personal story is heartbreaking – AND incredibly inspiring… Why did Cassandra start Heal Mary? When Cassandra’s mom was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, Cassandra did everything she could to find help. It wasn’t long before she was confronted with the giant gap between what standard care in Canada could offer her mother and what was actually available through clinical trials. This fuelled Cassandra – out of her own need and frustration – to start an organization that could help connect cancer patients...
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LIVE Webinar! Breast Cancer: New Treatments, Research, and Advocacy

Published by on August 30, 2021 | Share your thoughts

Hope is here! You’re invited to a very special LIVE webinar this Saturday Sept. 4th at 12pm PT / 3pm ET… All About Breast Cancer: New Treatments, Research, and Advocacy This marks the first webinar in our upcoming Cancer Advocacy Webinar Series that I, Michelle Morand, will be hosting, alongside cancer expert Alex Rolland. Each webinar will focus on a different cancer type…so sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on which cancer type we will be covering next. The purpose of this webinar series is to give cancer patients and their loved ones the tools and knowledge they need to make better, more informed choices in their cancer care. And to show you how many more options you actually have, when it comes...
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Fundraising for Cancer Treatment? We Can Help You!

Published by on August 25, 2021 | Share your thoughts

I have some really exciting news to share with you… We are partnering with an amazing Canada-based online fundraising platform, called FundRazr! How does this help YOU? If you want to use my team’s Precision Oncology services to get better diagnostics and treatment options, you can use crowdfunding to pay for it! All you need to do is start your fundraising campaign through our CTOAM fundraising page.  We’ve had clients create extremely successful fundraising campaigns…that have allowed them to use our services, get better treatment asap, and gather support from their community. ❤️Like Kayleigh and Cassidy… Their incredibly successful fundraiser helped them to pay for genetic testing and personalized research from CTOAM…which also enabled them to get her super expensive treatment for free… And now...
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5 Myths About Clinical Trials for Cancer Treatment

Published by on August 18, 2021 | Share your thoughts

Find out why clinical trials for cancer treatment are so important. Take a look at these 5 common myths… And make sure YOU know the truth! So you can make the most educated decision about your cancer care. Here we go… MYTH #1: Clinical trials are inferior to standard care. TRUTH: Any clinical trial for cancer will have benefits greater than standard care. In reality, clinical trials for cancer actually provide patients with superior imaging, molecular testing, advanced chemotherapy, and surgery protocols, compared to those offered in public or standard medical facilities! And the drug being tested in a clinical trial has already gone through rigorous testing to demonstrate that it is superior to standard treatment – and should, therefore, be the preferred choice for...
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The 2 Main Factors in Cancer Treatment Success…

Published by on August 11, 2021 | Share your thoughts

What Sarah learned about cancer treatment success, the hard way… “How do I reach the people who actually need to hear this now?” Sarah is frustrated.  Really frustrated… For over 20 years, she worked in the healthcare system. She saw first-hand the disorganization, the misplaced files, the budgetary cuts. It wasn’t anyone’s fault directly – it’s just the nature of a giant, slow-moving bureaucratic system… A system that both Sarah and I are deeply grateful for, despite its shortcomings. We both know that we are beyond lucky to live in Canada and to be able to benefit from our healthcare system. And… Like me, Sarah definitely had an insider’s insight into the challenges that occur when there’s not enough budget and too little time. Still,...
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How Lisa Avoided Chemo…and Got the RIGHT Treatment!

Published by on July 28, 2021 | Share your thoughts

And how you may be able to avoid chemo, too… Seven years ago, Lisa’s life changed forever.  She and her husband were living on Vancouver Island in a lovely home they’d built together. They were living their middle-aged years in style… Playing music together, gardening, cooking, and heading out to the local jazz clubs for fun. Lisa worked as an assistant at a law firm – a job she enjoyed. Her office had an excellent work culture, which she appreciated. Life was good. Until Lisa found a lump in her breast, driving home from work one day. “I just got a shooting pain and put my hand there and felt it right away. There was no warning.” The next morning, she went to her doctor. ...
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Do You NEED to Spend Money on Cancer Care?

Published by on July 21, 2021 | Share your thoughts

Is it really, truly necessary to spend money on cancer care? Why can’t you get everything you need through public healthcare? And why aren’t the very best diagnostics and cancer treatments covered in Canada? If anything is a hot topic in cancer care, it’s THIS. 💰 And it makes me sad! In an ideal world, no one should need to think about money when it comes to their health… Especially with something as serious and challenging as cancer. It’s honestly really messed up that money plays a role in this. And yet… The lesson that I keep learning about healthcare is: We must deal with the reality of the way things are NOW, first, in order to have a chance at changing them in the...
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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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