Topic: Precision Oncology

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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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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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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Cancer Misdiagnosis – Should You Trust a CT Scan?

Published by on August 19, 2020 | Share your thoughts

Pretty much everyone dreads finding out they, or a loved one, have cancer. But that’s not even the worst part of a cancer diagnosis – what’s more stressful is wondering about cancer misdiagnosis. No fun. Read on to hear what happened to Gerry and how our research scientists at CTOAM were able to help. Gerry’s Cancer Misdiagnosis Story Gerry had been going about his life as usual. He worked an office day job that he liked, at a large company with decent health benefits. His wife, along with their two young boys, were the light of his life. Things were good. But after a routine work physical exam, everything changed. Gerry was given the news that no one ever wants to hear. A nightmare come...
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Brand New Antibody Testing for COVID-19

Published by on August 12, 2020 | Share your thoughts

Rapid at-home antibody testing for COVID-19 is the best way to lower your risk of infection! ✔️ The value of these tests has been well established in previous pandemics…and now, finally, in this current one too. We’ve been using these home-tests since the onset of this pandemic. With full disclosure to Health Canada, naturally. Because CTOAM’s research scientists have long known about the efficacy of this type of antibody testing for COVID-19! And now, after months, one of the most prestigious medical journals (The New England Journal of Medicine) has finally published their opinion on them, which verifies what our experts have known from the start! You can read the article here: 🩸 Why rapid home-testing for COVID-19 could save us from this mess It’s...
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How Immunotherapy Is Helping Alex Trebek

Published by on August 5, 2020 | Share your thoughts

We’re so happy to hear the good news that Mr. Trebek is improving after starting immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed in early 2019 with pancreatic cancer…and it has been a long, challenging road so far. But he’s now seeing excellent results thanks to this innovative treatment. CTOAM was the first in Canada to use immunotherapy! Did you know that we’ve been using immunotherapy for many years now? In fact, CTOAM was the first in Canada to use immunotherapy to treat stage 4 metastatic melanoma in this groundbreaking case. That was now over 5 years ago, and Joan is still in full remission! Joan was even able to get her treatments fully covered by her insurance because of the data we provided her and her oncologist with. You...
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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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Why Did Cancer Expert Alex Rolland Start CTOAM?

Published by on July 15, 2020 | Share your thoughts

What’s your ‘why‘? That’s a big question. And one that many cancer patients are likely probably facing as they meet cancer head-on. You know…the deep-down reasons for wanting to get better. Maybe it’s your family, or the dreams you want to pursue, or that trip you want to take, or the granddaughter you want to meet, or that wedding you want to attend. The things that motivate you to keep trying, to keep fighting, to keep pursuing better treatment options. Despite all the challenges and fear and heartache and rollercoaster emotional ups and downs. Just as anyone facing a life-threatening illness is faced with these big existential q’s… So, too, are the professionals who devote their lives to medicine. Why do doctors and medical scientists...
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