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.
Champions Oncology is one of the organizations that we were lucky to find. Their co-founder Dr. David Sidransky is one of the smartest and most dedicated cancer warriors I know. They are doing great work to help fight cancer… one person at a time. Watch the YouTube video above and read what I’ve written below to see why I’m a huge fan of Champions… Below are my Top 5 Reasons…
5. Personalized Oncology is the future of cancer care. Two people with the exact same cancer can and do respond differently to the exact same treatment regimen. I wish I had understood this at the beginning of our cancer journey. Read this article from the NY TIMES on how Champions is the ultimate in personalized medicine.
4. Champions organized a “panel” of 13 sarcoma experts (doctors, surgeons & researchers too). The Panel met, discussed & debated Alan for over two hours. They built consensus and came up with a plan of action… a plan that we could never have otherwise obtained, even if have if we had visited each of the professionals individually. BTW, the plan they came up is the only one that actually slowed the growth of Alan’s cancer. See Reason #2.
3. No Dr. Schmucks Allowed! Doctors are people, just like you and me. And at the end of the day, you have to trust your doctor. But here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)… Not all doctors are created equal. And finding the GOOD ones is not always easy. Alan and I met and worked with quite a few Dr. Schmucks during our cancer journey and some of them were the “Chief of This & That” at major hospitals. But I can honestly say that every single medical professional that we worked with through Champions Oncology was brilliant and compassionate and they got “it”… as long as there is life, there is hope. No giving up allowed.
2. Tumorgrafts REALLY WORK… no ifs, ands or buts about it… Champions implants your tumor into genetically-stripped mice and then they test different drugs and drug combinations to see what works. If a treatment works in the mice, it can work in your body. It’s like your own personal clinical trial.
1. They gave us realistic hope. By the time we found Champions, we were running out of time. They were both honest and cautiously optimistic with us. If they could find a drug regimen that would slow down or better yet, kill this cancer (which they have been able to successfully accomplish in other patients), we’d have more time together and maybe, just maybe, live happily ever after. Although our story did not have the happy ending we dreamed of, I know that we did everything humanly possible to save Alan. And because of this knowledge, my family and I sleep at night knowing we left no stone unturned.