Topic: Success Stories

Best New Year’s Resolutions for Cancer Patients | Newsletter Issue 10

Published by on January 8, 2019 | Share your thoughts

It’s that time of year again…time for the annual barrage of “New Year, New You” articles, memes, and discussions around the water cooler. If you have cancer, though, this year is probably looking a bit different. The typical New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, start running, cut out gluten, or floss daily don’t seem that important. You have one goal and wish for this year – and that’s to survive cancer. Our client care team at CTOAM has put together a list of things you can do this year that are scientifically proven to increase your chances of beating cancer. So that you can look forward to many more years of making New Year’s resolutions and spending time with your loved ones. Check out Issue...
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What NOT to Say to a Cancer Patient | Newsletter Issue 9

Published by on December 17, 2018 | Share your thoughts

You can either love or dread spending time with your family over the holidays, but one thing is certain: if someone in your family has cancer, other people may struggle with what to say or how to handle their own emotions in the situation. Susan Silk is a clinical psychologist who developed something called the Ring Theory – a simple template for how to act around people in a crisis situation. Her Ring Theory can help cancer patients and caregivers have a better understanding of how to navigate their emotional needs. This can come in particularly handy at Christmas! → Feel More Supported with These Resources Check out Issue 9 of the CTOAM newsletter to learn about how the Ring Theory can help you and your loved ones. Do you...
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How to be a Better Cancer Care Advocate in 8 Simple Steps | Newsletter Issue 5

Published by on September 10, 2018 | Share your thoughts

Do you really need a Cancer Care Advocate or is the basic care you receive from your public oncologist good enough? Read on to find out the truth about standard care and decide for yourself. Joan was 45 years old when she was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic melanoma. Her public oncologist gave her the option of  standard chemotherapy , which, according to studies, would’ve given her approximately less than a year to live. Since her disease would not respond to  standard treatments , her oncologist told her that there were no other treatment options. She was told to get her affairs in order. But Joan wasn’t ready to accept this – so she and her husband reached out to CTOAM. Our cancer experts helped them to access the...
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Liquid Biopsies for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Monitoring | Newsletter Issue 3

Published by on September 10, 2018 2 Comments

Each year, there are many new advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Liquid Biopsies (tests to determine the presence and type of cancer, using blood instead of a tumour tissue sample) are a new tool in managing cancer and can be used in real-time diagnosis, treatment monitoring, checking for recurrences, and determining if new targeted therapies such as immunotherapy are right for you. Check out Issue 3 of the CTOAM newsletter to see the top life-saving advancements in cancer! Or, read more below. Do you want to have life-saving information delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for our monthly newsletter! Top Life Saving Advancements in Cancer | Liquid Biopsies LIQUID BIOPSIES To see real life success stories on how CTOAM has used Liquid Biopsies to change lives, take...
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Immunotherapy for Cancer Treatment | Newsletter Issue 2

Published by on June 1, 2018 | Share your thoughts

Our understanding of cancer is growing exponentially each year, and each year we have new forms of treatments and diagnoses. One of the most promising new life-saving advancements in cancer care is Immunotherapy, which is a way to use your body’s own immune system to eliminate your cancer. Sound too good to be true? Check out Issue 2 of the CTOAM newsletter to see the top life-saving advancements in cancer! Or, read more below. Do you want to have life-saving information delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for our monthly newsletter! See how Immunotherapy has helped cancer patients like you: → Joan’s story (melanoma) – Joan is now cancer free! → Julio’s story (carcinoma) – Julio is now cancer free! → Damian’s story (colon cancer) → Betty’s story (colon cancer) → Mark’s story (colon cancer)...
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8 Ways to Advocate for Your Cancer Care – This Could Save Your Life

Published by on June 1, 2018 3 Comments

Do you really need a cancer care advocate or is the basic care you receive from your public oncologist good enough? Read on to find out the truth about standard care and decide for yourself. Joan was 45 years old when she was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic melanoma. Her public oncologist gave her the option of standard chemotherapy, which, according to studies, would’ve given her approximately less than a year to live. Since her disease would not respond to standard treatments, her oncologist told her that there were no other treatment options. She was told to get her affairs in order. But Joan wasn’t ready to accept this – so she and her husband reached out to CTOAM. Our cancer experts helped them to access the...
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Julio’s Cancer-Free Success Story

Published by on May 22, 2018 | Share your thoughts

From Squamous Cell Carcinoma to Cancer-Free: Julio’s Success Story There is no greater reward than hearing from happy family members of patients we’ve helped. Here’s what the daughter of one of our patients shared with us when she updated CTOAM on her father’s health status. “My father is doing very well. He just had his appointment with his oncologist who gave him a glowing report. Best possible outcome. I am sure that the immunotherapy was instrumental in his cancer being undetectable a year after diagnosis…especially without surgery. We are confident that this good report will continue into the future. We are very grateful for your help and do believe more people should have access to this treatment [Keytruda]. We hope this will make the treatment...
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5 Reasons Why You Need Liquid Biopsies for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Published by on April 2, 2018 | Share your thoughts

Recently the CBC ran an article called, “Blood Test for Early Detection of 8 Cancers Looks Promising.” The article went on to discuss how this promising new blood-based liquid biopsy was able to identify cancers in people. However, as is typical with new medical advancements, the article requires some further clarification and explanation. The article described the results of the test like this: “The blood tests found about 70% of eight common types of cancer in the 1,005 patients. The rates varied depending on the type – lower for breast tumours but high for ovarian, liver, and pancreatic ones”. The author went on to explain that the liquid biopsy test detects mutations in 16 genes tied to cancer. And it also measures eight proteins that are...
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