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Engage in Your Own Treatment

Choose your best treatment options

You Need to Actively Engage in Your Cancer Treatment


If you get a cancer diagnosis you need to actively engage in your treatment, or else bad things can happen. Putting all your trust in the medical system—or avoiding the medical system—might have worked for you in the past, but it can be fatal with cancer. With a cancer diagnosis, it’s increasingly important that you understand the unique testing and treatments that are exploding and available to you, to participate in choosing the best treatment options for you, and to maximize the positive impact of behaviors only you control, such as diet, exercise, rest, attitude, and adherence to doctor’s orders. You cannot make informed, educated decisions about your care or navigate your care treatment, unless you actively participate. For example, your doctor may recommend an invasive treatment like surgery or chemotherapy, which are standard, when you have other, less invasive options, but are more experimental. You need to personalize your treatment by gathering diagnostic data and identifying targeted treatments unique to you, advocate for access to the latest care options, and learn about and follow guidelines for a healthy lifestyle.


What Bad Things May Happen if You Have a Cancer Diagnosis and Don’t Actively Engage in Your Treatment?

  • You could miss starting with new, less invasive life-saving options, e.g., clinical trials, targeted therapies, off-label. Instead, you will start with the standard of care: tried and true, but with harmful side effects.

  • You could miss personalization. You won’t get your tumor sequenced unless you ask.

  • You could miss integration (oncology, nutrition, health history, meditation, acupuncture…)

What you should do if you or loved one gets cancer

What Happens When Someone Gets a Cancer Diagnosis?

  • They and their family are overwhelmed by emotions and face a very complex set of treatment decisions.

  • When they turn to the medical establishment, the services are often hard to access, slow, and not personalized.

  • The treatments are biased for the tried-and-true standard of care, which is the old, usually invasive treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation), rather than the newer, targeted, less invasive treatments (such as immunotherapies).

Treatment Includes Activities to Attack the Tumors and Strengthen the Defenses

Attack the Tumors

  • Surgery

  • Radiation

  • Chemotherapy

  • Molecular attacks

Strengthen the Defenses

  • Diet, nutrition, supplements, cannabis

  • Exercise, acupuncture, massage

  • Mind/spirit, attitude, meditation, love, support

  • Sleep

  • Environment

  • Immunotherapy, CAR-T, TIL


Why Is It Hard for Someone with a Cancer Diagnosis to Engage with Incumbents in the Healthcare System?

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Conventional Wisdom about Patients vs. a Contrarian Hypothesis

Conventional Wisdom

Patients are:

  • Ignorant

  • Disinterested

  • Unwilling or unable to spend much money on their care (it needs to be covered by insurance)

A Contrarian Hypothesis

A segment of people (e.g., those facing a death sentence) are:

  • Knowledgeable (they start that way or educate themselves)

  • Very engaged, impatient

  • Able to spend or organize funding


Why Do Some People with a Cancer Diagnosis Want to Actively Engage in Their Treatment?

The current system isn’t fast and agile enough for people with a death sentence.

  • They are scared, depressed, anxious.

  • The clock is ticking.

  • It’s overwhelmingly complex.

  • Solve my problem now: willing to try “N of 1” experiments.


Move from being at a loss of control to being a leader in your fight for life

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