Topic: Targeted Treatment

How Lisa Avoided Chemo…and Got the RIGHT Treatment!

Published by on July 28, 2021 | Share your thoughts

And how you may be able to avoid chemo, too… Seven years ago, Lisa’s life changed forever.  She and her husband were living on Vancouver Island in a lovely home they’d built together. They were living their middle-aged years in style… Playing music together, gardening, cooking, and heading out to the local jazz clubs for fun. Lisa worked as an assistant at a law firm – a job she enjoyed. Her office had an excellent work culture, which she appreciated. Life was good. Until Lisa found a lump in her breast, driving home from work one day. “I just got a shooting pain and put my hand there and felt it right away. There was no warning.” The next morning, she went to her doctor. ...
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What’s New in Cancer Research?

Published by on April 10, 2021 2 Comments

New Studies and Articles in Cancer Research Welcome to our ongoing list of new studies and articles published on cancer research. Explore the archive below to see which ones are useful to you and your doctor.  Diet and Exercise Intervention May Increase Efficacy of Chemotherapy in Pediatric Patients With Leukemia ASTRO Survey Explores Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Radiation Oncology Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Delivery of Breast Cancer Care in New York Statins Reduced Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Meta-analysis The COVID-19 Pandemic and Cancer Care for Older Patients in the United States: Effect on Diagnosis and Treatment Does Following a Mediterranean Diet Reduce the Risk of Disease Progression in Men on Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer? Fecal Microbiota Transplants May Help Patient...
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How to Beat Stage 4 Lung Cancer – Thomas’s Story

Published by on March 10, 2021 | Share your thoughts

“5 days ago I celebrated my 75th birthday…I want to celebrate my 90th for sure. And you are my hope.” – Thomas Thomas came to us after standard care told him there were no more options left for him. He’d been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011…which soon escalated to stage 4 lung cancer. After a long road of chemo, he finally decided to take matters into his own hands. He had no choice. Our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, got him genetic testing and a far more accurate diagnosis than he’d ever received from standard care. Alex also gave Thomas and his oncologist some excellent targeted treatment recommendations, which they were able to access. Thomas is now getting those drugs covered through Pfizer’s compassionate care...
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Cancer Patient Advocacy: How to Be the Squeaky Wheel

Published by on December 16, 2020 | Share your thoughts

“Be the squeaky wheel.” That’s what Annette kept hearing people tell her when she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. She and her husband were ready to do anything.  They wanted to squeak…but as Annette shared: “How are we supposed to be the squeaky wheel when we have no idea what to squeak about?” She’s right. It’s a chicken and egg situation. It’s impossible to advocate for yourself when you don’t even know what to advocate for! You know there are probably way better diagnostics and treatments than you’ve been offered through standard care. But you don’t know what they are… And if even you did, you still don’t know how to ask for them, or whom to ask… So you’re stuck feeling confused about...
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3 Genetic Tests Can Increase Your Life Expectancy by 80%!

Published by on November 18, 2020 | Share your thoughts

You’ve probably already heard about genetic tests for cancer. But did you know that when just one special type of genetic test is used in your cancer diagnosis your life expectancy increases by 30%? And did you know that when you add all 3 types of genetic tests to your diagnosis and treatment plan, your life expectancy increases by 80+% over standard care? Comprehensive Genetic Tests Are Key to Treatment Success With this leading-edge medical science, you and your oncologist can be certain that your diagnosis is accurate and that you’re getting the absolute best treatment for your cancer. Waste no time, leave nothing to chance. You should not feel like you’re in the dark about your cancer care! Demand certainty and don’t settle for...
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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 David Went From Stage IV to Full Remission in Less Than 1 Year

Published by on October 21, 2020 1 Comment

David 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 David’s plans.But as we all know, cancer doesn’t play fair. And in his early 40s David 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 was...
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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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