Topic: Targeted Therapy

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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LIVE Webinar Series: New Cancer Treatments and How to Get Them!

Published by on October 13, 2021 | Share your thoughts

What are the new cancer treatments and how can you get them as fast as possible? That’s what my team and I are going to tell you all about in our ongoing LIVE Webinar Series! We’ve recently added some extra live webinar events to our roster… So take a look at the updated schedule and register for any upcoming events now! Click for the Webinar Schedule and Registration It’s all free for patients and loved ones. If you’ve missed any of the events and want to catch the replay (plus get some in-depth free resources, too), you can still sign up! You’ll get the recording immediately after you sign up.  We’ve been receiving a lot of positive feedback from webinar attendees: “It was a great...
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Exciting Cancer Research News – CTOAM is Partnering with Audubon Bioscience!

Published by on April 28, 2021 | Share your thoughts

I’m very excited and proud to share that our team at CTOAM has partnered with Audubon Bioscience!  We are joining forces to raise awareness and educate doctors and patients about the value of precision oncology and innovative diagnostic methods such as tumour DNA sequencing.   One of our biggest missions at CTOAM is to make precision oncology available to as many cancer patients as possible. How Progress is Happening with Audubon Bioscience It’s no small feat to get these advanced diagnostics and treatments integrated into standard care…but we are tirelessly working toward it, one step at a time. And thanks to the work that Audubon Bioscience is doing, science will be able to develop new targeted therapies, immunotherapies, and numerous other treatment options and diagnostics much...
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A Second Chance for John

Published by on November 11, 2020 | Share your thoughts

John’s wife Nan had been diagnosed with an advanced form of cervical cancer nearly a decade ago. They spent about 5 years trying to fight it through standard care. Nan got surgery, radiation, and many rounds of chemo. She grew worse. They eventually reached out to us when it looked like there was nothing more that could be done for Nan, except for palliative chemo, through standard care. We took a look at her case and immediately sent Nan for genetic testing. Our cancer expert Alex Rolland found several promising treatment options based on results, including immunotherapy. However, due to various factors at the time, John and Nan decided to stick with standard care and continue with the palliative chemo. Nan passed away several months...
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Does Chemo Work?

Published by on November 4, 2020 | Share your thoughts

This is probably the question we get asked the most. Does chemo work?  It’s something you need to know… Whether you choose to go ahead with chemo or if you pursue other options. In this video, our cancer expert Alex Rolland shares what chemo is, how it works, and if there’s something better… Watch here ⬇️ How Does Chemo Work? In a nutshell, chemo works by stopping cancer cells from replicating. But there’s a catch! Chemo is NOT selective – it attacks all rapidly reproducing cells in your body…even the healthy ones. That’s why hair loss is common, among the many other devastating side effects. And, chemo doesn’t target the part of the cell that’s mutated and replicating. So once you stop treatment, the cells...
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Better Cancer Care: How to Get What You Need

Published by on October 28, 2020 1 Comment

“You get what you settle for.” You’ve probably heard that one before.  A good friend of mine told me this, many years ago, in relation to my dating life. I was seeing someone new and wasn’t sure if they were right for me…and my friend said, “well Michelle, you get what you settle for! So the question is: do you want to settle for him?”  I chewed on that for a while and eventually realized, yeah…I wasn’t going to settle for this particular man. And I’m so glad I didn’t!  Why am I telling you about my past dating woes?  Because “you get what you settle for” is true for many areas of life… Including cancer care.  Getting Better Cancer Care Requires Advocacy Standard cancer...
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How Korey Went From Stage IV to Full Remission in Less Than 1 Year

Published by on October 21, 2020 1 Comment

Korey was a pilot for Air Canada, with a loving wife and two young children. He had a good life. Young at heart and in his early 40s, he stayed fit by playing tennis and loved to relax spending time with his family and their giant fluffy black cat, Snickers, in their cozy Alberta home they’d newly renovated. The Dreaded News: Stage IV Cancer… Needless to say, getting cancer was not in Korey’s plans. But as we all know, cancer doesn’t play fair. And in his early 40s Korey got the dreaded news: he had a particularly complex case of stage IV neuroendocrine cancer. Pretty much the worst case scenario, especially for someone so young. His oncologist – one of the top neuroendocrine specialists in the country – told him chemo...
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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 1 Comment

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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Renal Cell Carcinoma | New Targeted Treatment Discovery

Published by on May 22, 2018 | Share your thoughts

New cancer treatments are being discovered all the time, and recently a new one was found for renal cell carcinoma. Nearly 50 new targeted therapies are released every month, and approximately 500 new studies on cancer alone released each week. However, many of these new therapies can take years to become available through public health care in Canada, if at all, because of the the public healthcare system’s limitations with time and budget. Access the Newest Cancer Treatments Often, the only way to access these superior treatments is through a precision oncology service like CTOAM (Cancer Treatment Options and Management). Our precision oncology consultants use genetic testing to determine the mutations that are driving your cancer and match those to the newest targeted drugs available....
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