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Dr. David Stewart trained in medical oncology at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston from 1976 to 1978 and then joined the staff at MD Anderson. He returned to Ottawa Canada in 1980, moved back to MD Anderson in 2003, and then again moved back to Ottawa Canada in 2011 as a Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medical Oncology. Since completing his term as a division head in 2019, he has continued to teach and practice oncology in Ottawa. He recently wrote the book A Short Primer on Why Cancer Still Sucks. It is intended for cancer patients, other members of the public, and non-oncology healthcare professionals.

A few highlights from the show:

1. The first reason that cancer still sucks is that it is everywhere. You can contract it no matter how healthy your lifestyle is or how pure your family history is.

2. A blood test such as a circulating tumor cell test detects cancer cells in your blood. The cells might be in the blood if they've broken away from where they started and are spreading to other parts of the body. 

3. The US and Canadian healthcare systems each have strengths and weaknesses that help and hinder cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

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🦄About Me:

In 2011, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, out of the blue. I did not have any prior health concerns or issues. Fast forward, the dreaded cancer diagnosis opened my eyes, introduced me to my purpose, and lead me to where I am today.

As a Cancer Doula, I use my 11 years of experience with cancer to support and guide others diagnosed with cancer. Many people are not familiar with what a cancer doula is. Think of me as a personal patient advocate. Schedule a free 30-minute Meet and Greet call to learn more.

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