Topic: Cancer Patients

How to get better cancer treatment with germline testing – NEW research!

Published by on August 24, 2022 | Share your thoughts

Can this type of genetic testing help you get better cancer treatment? A new study has proven the value of something that we’ve been doing for many years – in fact, for a decade now! – for our patients to help them get better cancer treatment. There is a type of genetic testing called inherited (germline) mutation testing. This type of sequencing can determine if there are any cancer-related mutations in a person’s body that were inherited genetically. If you know that you have inherited mutations, it becomes possible to then proceed with a very simple testing for early detection – and it also becomes possible to stay up-to-date on the newest targeted treatments that will target your exact mutations, should they ever develop into...
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Our cancer expert explains stunning cancer-free study results – and how patients can experience the same success!

Published by on June 14, 2022 1 Comment

These recent cancer-free study results have taken the field of cancer care by storm… Because what happened in this clinical trial is usually unheard of – all of the patients who took part in the trial became cancer-free after being put on a certain type of immunotherapy that was matched to their genetics. Our team of cancer research scientists has been using immunotherapy on cancer patients with similar results for over seven years now. We pride ourselves on always staying well ahead of the curve when it comes to cancer treatments and diagnostics. And this recent study proves it – what is ‘new’ to even advanced cancer centres such as Sloan Kettering is, in fact, old news to our team! Let us explain. We have known...
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New treatments are helping patients become cancer-free!

Published by on June 11, 2022 | Share your thoughts

Being cancer-free is becoming more and more of a reality for many cancer patients, thanks to new treatments that are changing the field of cancer care! And the CTOAM team is ahead of the curve, as usual… A recent study has been making waves in the news, with good reason: each participant’s cancer disappeared, thanks to a new type of immunotherapy. Usually this kind of response rate is unheard of. But with advances in targeted treatments – like immune checkpoint inhibitors – this level of success becomes possible. CTOAM was the first to use immunotherapy in Canada! Our team has been using immunotherapy with cancer patients for over 7 years now! We were the first company in Canada to use immunotherapy on a melanoma patient...
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Interview with Dr. Razelle Kurzrock: Precision Medicine Expert and CureMatch Co-Founder

Published by on April 6, 2022 | Share your thoughts

Why is Getting the Best Cancer Care SO Hard? Dr. Razelle Kurzrock is regarded as one of the 25 most influential people – in the world! – in the field of Precision Medicine…and CTOAM’s co-founder, Michelle Morand, recently had the privilege of speaking with her. In this powerful discussion, Dr. Kurzrock shares her insights and knowledge on the fundamental things all cancer patients and loved ones need to know about cancer care advancements, and how you can access the most effective diagnostics and treatment available today. It was a true honor for us to be able to sit down with Dr. Kurzrock and pick her brain on all things precision cancer medicine…so that we could then share her wisdom with YOU. This is leading-edge information...
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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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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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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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