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 that the oncology community was making great strides in turning cancer into a manageable disease rather than a death sentence. He said, “New medical advancements that personalize cancer treatments are exploding. The key is to be alive when the next breakthrough is discovered. So let’s figure out how to extend Alan’s life so that he has a shot of being here when that breakthrough happens.”
Fast forward to today-4 ½ years later- much progress has been made in personalizing cancer treatments. Although still not considered mainstream, personalized medicine is absolutely changing how cancer drugs are developed and prescribed and how many cancer patients are treated. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing a series of posts about breakthroughs and medical advancements that help doctors personalize cancer treatments such as molecular profiling, biomarker testing, immunotherapy, tumorgrafts and more. If you read a post that resonates with you, share it with your doctor as you can help guide decision making when it comes to your own healthcare. You are your own best advocate!