SHARED DECISION MAKING – A NEW PARADIGM IN PATIENT-CENTRIC OUTCOMES

As with any medical situation, absolutely nothing should be taken for granted, and most importantly, neither should the decision making process.  With informed consent in mind, medical information is provided relating to recommended treatment interventions, including known side effect, complications, contraindications, along with a statistical outcomes analysis.  In the realms of conventional medicine, this is the inherent general process by which you determine whether a particular treatment option is right for you. Then there is shared decision-making, which takes informed consent one step further, providing you with the opportunity to take on more responsibility and become actively involved in your treatment plan, should you so choose. Continue reading “SHARED DECISION MAKING – A NEW PARADIGM IN PATIENT-CENTRIC OUTCOMES”

‘ENLIGHTENING INSIGHT’ – COULD ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS BE INADVERTENTLY FEEDING CANCEROUS GROWTHS??

In this new age of research, scientists have recently discovered that amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, are cancers preferred source of fuel.  Sugar or glucose is now seen to be cancers ‘secondary preference as a fuel source,’ yet when amino acids are in short supply, these rogue cells still depend on glucose for rapid uncontrollable growth. Continue reading “‘ENLIGHTENING INSIGHT’ – COULD ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS BE INADVERTENTLY FEEDING CANCEROUS GROWTHS??”

SECOND OPINIONS COUNT – EXPLORING AND WEIGHING UP YOUR OPTIONS!!

There is a vast amount of evidence which reveals medical opinions can greatly differ in many areas of medicine, especially around treatment options and even diagnosis.  Many doctors will encourage you to explore your options, where others may have a fixed mindset of what they believe is best for you.  Most doctors understand that patients have a right to a second opinion.  Therefore, the medical profession should not feel offended when an empowered healthcare recipient decides on this course of action, with the main goal being to seek out the best treatment path which is uniquely individual to them.

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CANCER GENE AWARENESS – MINDFULLY IMPLEMENTING RISK-AVERSE STRATEGIES

As reported by Lynch Syndrome Australia, there is a little known inherited condition commonly affecting thousands of Australians, plus many more people around the world, which greatly increases the risk of developing cancer.  Lynch syndrome is now known to be the most prevalent inherited cancer syndrome affecting both men and women, yet 95% of those who have it do not even know about it. Continue reading “CANCER GENE AWARENESS – MINDFULLY IMPLEMENTING RISK-AVERSE STRATEGIES”

DECIPHERING ‘FACT FROM FICTION’ – NAVIGATING AND CONQUERING THE DEEP DIVIDE

Information overload is a real dilemma in today’s world of the internet, not being sure what information to take in and what to discard.  Even Oncologists have trouble keeping up with the ever changing environment of Oncology, so how on earth is anyone with a cancer diagnosis or their families ever going to cope? Continue reading “DECIPHERING ‘FACT FROM FICTION’ – NAVIGATING AND CONQUERING THE DEEP DIVIDE”

‘ESSENTIAL COMPONENT’ – TOO OFTEN ‘SIDE-LINED’ IN CANCER TREATMENT PROTOCOLS!!

To quote The Statistics Portal (TSP), which compiles statistics and studies from more than 22,500 sources, ascertain the cancer death rate in the United States from 1950 to 2016.  In 2016, there were 155.8 deaths caused by cancer (malignant neoplasms) per 100,000 persons in the United States compared to 193.9 per 100,000.  These statistics reveal, the reality is that the mortality rate relating to cancer has only marginally improved, despite a better understanding of the disease, and the advent of modern technology and rationally targeted drugs. Continue reading “‘ESSENTIAL COMPONENT’ – TOO OFTEN ‘SIDE-LINED’ IN CANCER TREATMENT PROTOCOLS!!”