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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.

WTF is “Digital Breast Tomosynthesis”?

  Digital Breast Tomosynthesis or “3-D Mammography” is the latest advance in digital mammography.  Now FDA-approved, this imaging tool yields a more accurate mammogram and can help detect breast cancer earlier.   Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)… A conventional mammogram creates a 2-dimensional, flat picture of breast...


Finding & Researching Mesothelioma Clinical Trials

This post was co-authored by guest bloggers by Howard Mullins and Joe Belluck.  For more information on symptoms, diagnosis & treatment of mesothelioma, check out mesotheliomahelp.net. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that originates in the protective lining covering the internal organs of the body.  Technically known as “malignant mesothelioma”, this...


6 Tips to Help Avoid Being Misdiagnosed

    Research has shown that misdiagnosis occurs approximately 40% of the time depending on the illness.  When it comes specifically to cancer, there are many reasons why misdiagnosis occurs.  In the early stages (when cancer is most curable), there may be no symptoms.  In other instances, the symptoms presented can...


10 Tips For Traveling During Chemo

  Many cancer patients travel or take a vacation while undergoing chemotherapy, especially during their “off” weeks.  But is it safe?  Where are the best places for cancer patients to travel?  What, if any, precautions should cancer patients take when traveling?  The key to safe traveling during chemo is to think ahead...


Store My What??? STORE MY TUMOR, please….

FACT:  Two people with the exact same cancer diagnosis can and do respond differently to the exact same treatment regimens.  Each person is unique and so is their cancer. FACT:  When you match the RIGHT targeted therapy or chemotherapy to the RIGHT tumor, tumors can shrink & hopefully the cancer...


What is Personalized Cancer Treatments?

  I am a HUGE proponent of personalized medicine and individualized cancer treatments that use molecular profiling, biomarker testing, or any testing that can help doctors treat your specific cancer.  You see, no two people are alike… and no two cancers are alike.  The more commonly used “standard of care”...

8 Things To Do When Diagnosed With Cancer

    Wrapping your head around the fact that you or a loved one has cancer is no easy task. Researching treatment options, interviewing doctors, scheduling appointments & additional surgeries, starting chemo & radiation… it all becomes an overwhelming blurr very quickly.  Dale Shepard, MD, PhD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer...


Questions EVERY Cancer Patient Should Ask Their Doctor…

Most people have heard the terms “molecular profiling”, “biomarkers” and “personalized medicine”. But what exactly do these terms mean and how can they affect a specific person’s cancer treatment? One of the best resources I’ve found to explain these concepts is MyCancer.com. It was created specifically for cancer patients and...




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