Questions EVERY Cancer Patient Should Ask Their Doctor…

Most people have heard the terms “molecular profiling”, “biomarkers” and “personalized medicine”. But what exactly do these terms mean and how can they affect a specific person’s cancer treatment? One of the best resources I’ve found to explain these concepts is MyCancer.com. It was created specifically for cancer patients and...


Helping to Identify the “Right” Cancer Treatment

If you’ve been reading CancerHAWK for a while, you know that I absolutely LOVE Champions Oncology.  I am forever indebted to them… they gave us more time with Alan.  When it comes to cancer, sometimes realism and optimism are oxymorons…. but for us, this was the definition of “hope”.  Watch...

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...


Picking the Cancer Treatment That Works Best for YOU

Cancer Connect is an AMAZING, innovative online network for people with cancer & their caregivers.  And they host FREE, educational webinars called “Web Chat with the Experts“.  It’s an unbelievable opportunity to learn from and get your questions answered by leading medical experts. And I’m beyond excited about this…. my very favorite...


Is My Cancer Different from Yours?

  If you’ve been reading CancerHAWK for a while, you know that I’m a HUGE proponent of molecular & biomarker testing and taking a personalized approach to treating cancer.  It wasn’t until we were on the wrong path with Alan’s chemo treatments that we even really understood that two people...


Top 5 Reasons Why I LOVE Champions Oncology

  During our cancer journey, we had a lot of ups & downs… and we were lucky to find medical professionals and organizations that supported us, cared about us, gave us hope and made the most horrific year of our life somewhat bearable… I’ve written about all these people and...


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???...



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