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Research has shown that patients who take an active role in their healthcare tend to have better outcomes.  However the overwhelming nature of cancer makes taking an active role challenging.  In this section you’ll find some of our most important insights and advice on navigating this diagnosis.

   

When It Comes to Cancer, Unknown is Unacceptable…

Molecular profiling, biomarker testing and targeted therapies are changing the way physicians treat cancer patients.  In the not-too-distant future, experts agree that cancer will be defined and treated based on each person’s unique molecular profile and biomarkers rather than the body part where it first originated.  Until this happens, oncologists must rely...

Protect Yourself From Mesothelioma (aka Summer’s Silent Threat)

  Meet PATIENT ADVOCATE Susan Vento of The Asbestos Cancer Victims’ Rights Campaign (ACVRC),  a national campaign dedicated to protecting the rights of asbestos victims, making sure they and their families are protected in seeking compensation, and opposing legislation that seeks to roll back their rights.  At the end of this article written by the ACVRC,...


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...


Champions Oncology & Sarcoma

  I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the organizations I write about in this blog; others I wish I had known about during our “cancer journey”; and still others, although not relevant to Alan’s cancer are fantastic resources that can help others in their fight against cancer....



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