Choosing “The Right” Treatment for You

Not so long ago, if you had cancer, it was said that you had either blood cancer OR solid cancer. Today, cancer is diagnosed according to where it is found on the body… breast cancer is initially found in the breast; lung cancer in the lungs; brain cancer in the...


Intervention Insights- One Approach to Tumor Testing

I love the quote by Sir William Osler, the Father of Modern Medicine “If it were not for the great variability among individuals, medicine might have well been a science & not an art.”  Did Sir Osler know something in the early 1900’s that we are just starting to understand now???...

WTF is Personalized Medicine?

I’ve received an email asking to explain the concept of personalized medicine in more detail, so here goes…   personalized medicine (n): “The tailoring of medical treatments to individual characteristics of each patient.  It aims to achieve optimal medical outcomes by helping physicians & patients choose the disease management approaches likely to...

NEW Study Explains Why Personalized Tumor Testing is Needed

A new study was released last week supporting the need for personalized tumor testing before treatment begins. “Researchers sequenced the genes in tumors from 50 breast cancer patients (all with estroen-receptor-positive breast cancer) and identified more than 1,700 mutations, most of which were unique to individual patients.” According to the...

Ask Your Doc About Tumor Testing

Why do some patients respond better to certain drugs than other patients?   Research has shown that one reason why some patients respond better is that their specific tumor(s) may contain certain genes (called biomarkers) that are known to be sensitive to certain drugs.  For example, doctors can tell if a...

What is “Personalized Oncology” & Why Didn’t I Know About this Sooner?

After two very intense and very different protocols weren’t working, we were told to check out a clinical trial. WTF!!! How is it that the chemo didn’t kill Alan’s cancer? How many times have you heard “if the chemo doesn’t kill you, it will cure you”. Yeah right! (I don’t...



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