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Research has shown that patients who take an active role in their healthcare tend to have better outcomes.  This is challenging for anyone facing a cancer diagnosis, as this disease is confusing and overwhelming at times.  In this section you’ll find some of our most important insights and advice on navigating this diagnosis.

10 Biggest Cancer Clinical Trial Myths BUSTED

According to the National Cancer Institute, less than 5% of adult cancer patients sign up for cancer clinical trials.  But how is this possible if clinical trials are considered the backbone of medical research?  It may boil down to the fact that many people have misconceptions about what clinical trials are and how they operate.  In fact, I have...


Personalizing YOUR Cancer Treatment (part 4): Do you know your cancer biomarkers?

In the near future, instead of saying, “I have breast cancer,” a patient will say something like , “I have a HER2-positive carcinoma with a KRAS mutation.”  Cancer will be defined by it’s own unique molecular profile and biomarkers rather than the body part where it originated. To learn more about the...


Personalizing YOUR Cancer Treatment: Questions to Ask Your Oncologist

Molecular profiling to identify cancer biomarkers has the potential to identify new treatment options for your cancer. As with any treatment selection, you and your Oncologist need to work together to determine what will work best for your particular situation. Below are questions you can ask your Oncologist to begin...


What Does It Mean to Personalize Your Cancer Treatment? (part 2)

  FACT:  Over the past 40+ years, oncologists have taken a “one size fits all” approach to treating cancer.  The only efforts at personalization have been to tailor specific chemotherapies to the original location of the cancer.    FACT:  We know that two people with the same cancer diagnosis often times...

Personalizing Your Cancer Treatment (part 1)

  I’ll never forget the heartbreaking moment when we heard Alan’s cancer was not cureable. In fact, my heart just skipped a few beats as I recall that day. One of my very favorite doctors (Dr. David Sidransky of Champions Oncology) told us not to give up hope. He explained...


Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Cancer

  Meet GUEST BLOGGER Ram Meyyappan. Ram is the senior editor and manager of the Social Security Disability Help website.  Social Security Disability Help contains information on how to apply for disability with over 400 conditions, helpful tips, FAQs along with an extensive disability glossary.   If you are a parent...


10 Reasons Why I’m a Fan of The Cancer Treatment Centers of America

For years I’ve seen television commercials for The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA).  But are they really as good as they appear to be?  I’ve visited their Arizona facility twice and I have to say, I think they might be that good. If nothing else, I’m impressed with the way...


10 Things Patients Should Know Before Having Surgery

  FACT:  Surgeries and hospitals are designed to improve a patient’s health. FACT:  Although hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices take many steps to keep their patients safe, medical errors happen. According to National Cancer Institute, medical errors account for 98,000 deaths per year in the United States alone. FACT:  The more...


Brain Tumor Clinical Trial Registries from All Over the World

  The International Brain Tumor Alliance (IBTA) has created a list of brain tumor clinical trial registries available online.  Although some of these resources are specific to brain tumors, others are not.  I am reposting this information as this listing is one of the most comprehensive that I have seen.  Thank you IBTA!...




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