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...


Very Promising NEW Treatment for Brain Cancer

  There is a novel & very promising investigational drug/ vaccine being tested right now (in clinical trial) with great hope of improving outcomes for patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme,  the most malignant type of brain tumor. It’s called Heat Shock Protein Peptide Complex-96 (HSPPC-96).     Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)…  HSPPC-96...


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...

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...



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