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...

What is Adoptive Immunotherapy?

  I’ve just read an interesting article on another novel approach to personalized medicine and personalized oncology called “Adoptive Immunotherapy” which works with the body’s immune system to fight cancer. (Yes I’ve started reading this sort of stuff instead of my normal trashy novels.)    Here’s my layman’s attempt to...


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...

Two People with the Same Cancer Can Respond Differently to the Same Treatment

Here’s where Champions Oncology comes in…. they work with your oncologist “to maximize personalized treatment options (personalized oncology is the future of cancer care) for their cancer patients through access to expert medical information panels and tumor specific data”.  What does this mean in English please? In a nutshell, they work with...


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...



Get the latest news, information and resources to help you navigate your way through the complexities of cancer.