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”...

Sharsheret = Supporting Jewish Women with Breast & Ovarian Cancer

Support for Jewish Women with Breast Cancer If you are Jewish and facing either breast cancer or ovarian cancer, check out Sharsheret– an amazing national organization dedicated to helping Jewish people navigate their way through these diseases.  Whether you are newly diagnosed or living with metastatic disease or simply want...


WTF is SNaPshot?

SNaPshot is a new genetic test that looks for mutations in key genes of patients with cancer so they can be given the most effective drugs possible.  Just as each person has their own unique DNA, each person’s tumor (or cancer) has it’s own unique genetic composition.  This test will...


Great info on Biomarker Testing

If you’ve been reading CancerHawk for a while, you know that I am a HUGE proponent of personalized medicine & biomarker testing or genetic profiling of tumors when possible.  There’s a GREAT resource for information on biomarker testing from Cancer: It’s Personal.  I love their Discussion Guide for intelligent questions...

Cancer Genetics Redefine How Cancer is Treated

  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...


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???...

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...



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