Topic: Breast Cancer

How to Avoid Cancer Treatment Regret – Connie’s Hard Lesson

Published by on June 9, 2021 1 Comment

Don’t regret your cancer treatment choices. Learn from Connie’s mistakes… I first spoke with Connie three years ago. Newly diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to make sure she was doing everything she could. She and her husband were terrified.  They lived in Ontario with their young daughter, Abigail. Connie was an orthodontist who prided herself on her work. Her husband worked for a big tech company, a job he also loved. But as steady and strong as Connie and her husband were, they were not at all prepared to deal with cancer…(after all, who is?!) In 2018, they heard those dreaded words: Connie had breast cancer.  Their peaceful life was turned upside down. After a good cry and some deep breaths, they did just the right thing –...
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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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Alternatives to Chemotherapy: Why It’s Highly Beneficial to Delay Palliative Chemo

Published by on May 11, 2018 | Share your thoughts

Are you looking for alternatives to chemotherapy? Targeted therapies allow cancer patients to avoid chemo and benefit from treatment that is more effective, and less invasive, than standard treatment – including chemo and radiation. A good example of this is the success story of Margaret, a CTOAM patient with breast cancer. Using a unique precision oncology process, CTOAM helped Margaret delay palliative chemotherapy for two years. During that time she went on targeted therapies and was able to benefit from a longer, and higher quality, life. In sharing Margaret’s story, many people have asked an important question. What’s So Great About Postponing Chemo for Two Years? CTOAM’s cancer expert, Alex Rolland, explains why delaying palliative chemo – and finding evidence-based alternatives to chemotherapy – is so important....
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