8 Truths You Need to Know About Cancer

On March 26, 2015, we partnered with The National Foundation for Cancer Research, WETA-TV 26 and Kaiser Permenante to host a screening of Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies  followed by an Expert Panel Discussion moderated by yours truly Robyn Stoller of CancerHawk.  Soon we will have footage from the...


Hope In A Mouse Kept Us Afloat

                  I am truly honored to have been interviewed by Jennifer Couzin-Frankel of Science Magazine for the article she wrote on using animal models to guide patient care as this is where my family’s battle with cancer led us.  You can read Jennifer’s  article “Hope In A Mouse” by clicking here.  Thank you...


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...


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”...



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