Topic: Knowledge is Power

What Questions Should You Ask Your Oncologist?

Published by on October 14, 2020 | Share your thoughts

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 1 Comment

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 1 Comment

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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Is a Cancer Misdiagnosis Common?

Published by on July 29, 2020 | Share your thoughts

Perhaps the only thing scarier than a cancer diagnosis is learning that you’ve been misdiagnosed. Of course, if it turns out that you don’t actually have cancer, then that’s amazing news! (Although, wouldn’t you have wanted to avoid the whole ‘cancer scare’ if you didn’t even have it in the first place?) Sadly, what’s far more common is when people are misdiagnosed with the wrong type of cancer. Which means that instead of getting the right treatment from the get-go, you were wandering down the wrong path, wasting precious time, through no fault of your own. Our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, explains more in this video. How often does cancer misdiagnosis occur? Watch here ⬇️ When someone calls us at CTOAM, they usually want to...
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Why Is There NO Single Cure for Cancer?

Published by on July 22, 2020 | Share your thoughts

Ever wonder why there is no cure for cancer? I mean…it’s a reasonable question, right? With all the scientific advancements and new technologies in the world, how has no one managed to figure this out yet?! In the video below, Alex Rolland (our Chief Research Scientist) reveals the truth about finding a single cure for cancer. Watch here ⬇️ So that’s why there’s no one cure for cancer! What do you think? Does that make sense to you? Given that there’s infinite amount of genetic mutation combinations that can cause a person’s cancer, of course it’s impossible to find one single cure! But what IS possible is having many different targeted therapy options to target your exact cancerous mutations. And eradicate them until they’re out...
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What is Targeted Therapy for Cancer?

Published by on July 8, 2020 | Share your thoughts

Have you heard of targeted therapy for cancer? If not, get ready to discover this new & improved way of treating cancer! Targeted therapies are drugs designed to specifically target certain cancerous mutations in the body. That means you experience way fewer side effects than traditional chemo, plus way higher success rates. Win win. Our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, and co-founder Michelle Morand explain more in this video: Watch here ⬇️ Can targeted therapy work for your form of cancer? You’re probably wondering if targeted therapy can work for your type of cancer… I have good news for you – chances are, yes! Regardless of what stage your cancer has reached – and, even if you’ve been told you’re already getting the best, or perhaps...
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