The old notion of the all-knowing doctor and the passive, compliant patient still works some of the time. But if you’re facing a life-threatening illness, there’s a good chance that this outcome may not be optimal. Not because doctors aren’t trying, but because cancer is one of the most complex, sly, sophisticated illnesses to ever plague humanity. Its sole purpose is to destroy mankind as it takes your body’s nutrients, blood supply and immunity, and uses it against you. Therefore it’s critical that cancer patients become informed and engaged, and that they set their intention to survive. (Many patients don’t )

If I had not taken the bull by the horns, researched my illness, and had been engaged in my care, I wouldn’t be alive today. If I had been a ‘good” compliant patient who only followed the options that were laid out for me, I would be a dead man!

What many patients don’t ask themselves is What do I have to do to stay alive? What do I have to know to stay alive? What are the actions I need to take right now to stay alive? What kind of skill sets do I need to learn to stay alive? And in the end, it comes down  to this critical question: Do I deserve to make my survival the most important thing in my life?

If you’ve been diagnosed with any malignancy, but especially an unusual, advanced, or aggressive cancer, you’ve got to find answers to these questions. Studying the nuances of your tumor along with your biomarkers can help you to do this. These tests and strategies have helped me and may be able to help you. My hope is that these tools will become included in the standard of care in the near future. My goal is to increase patients survival times, using these lifelines.

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