6 Tips to Help Avoid Being Misdiagnosed

    Research has shown that misdiagnosis occurs approximately 40% of the time depending on the illness.  When it comes specifically to cancer, there are many reasons why misdiagnosis occurs.  In the early stages (when cancer is most curable), there may be no symptoms.  In other instances, the symptoms presented can...


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”...

5 Reasons Why I LOVE Champions Oncology

I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the organizations I write about in this blog; others I wish I had known about during our “cancer journey”; and still others, although not relevant to Alan’s cancer are fantastic resources that can help others in their fight against cancer.  ...

got Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia? get to The National CML Society

  The National CML Society is an INCREDIBLE- and I mean TRULY INCREDIBLE- resource for anyone diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia or CML  (also known as chronic granulocytic, chronic myelocytic, or chronic myeloid leukemia).   How can The National CML Society help me? CML is one of the more rare forms of leukemia...


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...


Pregnant & Diagnosed With Cancer?

  If you’re pregnant and diagnosed with cancer, what do you do?  Is it safe to receive chemotherapy?  Could the cancer or the chemo harm the baby?  According to a recent study led by the German Breast Group, pregnant women with cancer might not be putting their babies at risk...


Two Drugs Shrink Tumors in Ewing’s Sarcoma Patients

  By combining these targeted therapies- cixutumumab and temsirolimus– researchers at MD Anderson have been able to shrink tumors in some patients with Ewing’s sarcoma. Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)… 17 Ewing’s sarcoma patients, who prior to this trial had been unsuccessfully treated with other agents (on average 6...




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