About Us

Dr. Joan Kidd passed away on June 30, 2015, after battling ovarian cancer for almost three years. She is the inspiration for the establishment of the Continuum. A Continuum of care is a concept involving an integrated system of care that tracks patients over time through a comprehensive array of health services spanning all levels of intensity of care. Our mission is to bring forth awareness of the resources available to patients and caregivers by sharing her story, so that many lives can be extended with a stronger focus on quality of life.

When she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Joan initially received the standard treatment protocol. When her cancer relapsed, her doctors essentially gave up on her. As her family kept fighting along with her for the best treatment, Joan was able to enjoy her life for much longer than the doctor’s prognosis. The Joan L. Kidd, MD Fight for Life Continuum is a "boots-on-the-ground, front-line-of-the-battle" effort in patient care. Our goal is to be the secondary medical team for caregivers of cancer patients to develop recommendations and options for them to consider and act upon throughout their treatment process. Our group of nearly 1,000 medical professionals, including oncologists, radiologists, physicians  and other care team members are available to oversight a patients plan of care, review operative notes, deliver another third party reading of CT scans, and suggest other options for treatment not being offered as options to the patient. We also deliver support and assistance to the caregiver.

In addition to our hands-on consult and oversight approach for caregivers, the Fight for Life Continuum will also provide caregivers and patients with portal access to comprehensive information on new development in cancer treatments and related topics.

Scholarships are also available, on a case- by-case basis, to assist the patient and caregiver with expenses that may have to be incurred to travel to a location to receive the best care or to participate in clinical trials.

The Continuum does not charge fees or ongoing costs for medical oversight services to the patient, but is supported by our members. 

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Our Team

The Joan L. Kidd, MD Fight for Life Continuum is a “boots-on-the-ground, front-line-of-the-battle” effort, rather than think tank processes trying to change a medical system that is resistant to change. The Continuum is a pool of physicians, (all disciplines), nurses, nurse practitioners,  physician assistants, physical therapists, psychologists, and lawyers who will review a patient’s plan of care at all times for patient families, or caregivers and develop recommendations and options for the patient's family or caregiver to consider and act upon at their discretion. Currently there are nearly1,000 medical professionalsin the Continuum, including 104 oncologists and 60 radiologists. The Joan L. Kidd, MD Fight for Life Continuum is the caregivers’ and patients’ team standing behind them all the way through their treatment process, insuring each patient and caregiver gets the best care possible and is aware of all options available to them in the most important fight of their life.

Our Strengths

An Executive Team that has experienced what it is to battle a life threatening illness and medical professionals dedicated to delivering oversight on quality of care and information on all options available for the extension of life with quality.

Top Medical Doctors

We represent a rapidly growing network of hundreds of physicians across the United States.

The Continuum is a pool of some of the world's most experienced physicians in all specialties and subspecialties. All physicians are American board certified and located within United States. They have trained at many top US institutions, including:

  • New York University
  • Columbia Presbyterian
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Mallinckrodt
  • UCSF
  • Duke
  • MGH
  • Stanford
  • Cornell

SUPPORT SERVICES: Our experienced team is ready to support you 24/7/365.

QUALITY CONTROL: Our quality control and peer review techniques are rigorous.

TECHNOLOGY: We offer state-of-the-art, secure and reliable web-based technology.

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The Joan L. Kidd, MD Story

Joan L. Kidd was a respected and loved physician who had three great kids, a loving husband and a rewarding and happy life. She was diagnosed with Stage IIIc  Ovarian Cancer in 2012. She underwent debulking surgery and chemotherapy. She was a two-time Ovarian Cancer survivor. Unfortunately, it came back.

Joan survived and continued to enjoy life one year to 18 months longer than she or her doctors expected. The difference was her husband Tom, as her caregiver, fighting with her in every step of the journey in getting her the care and procedures she desperately needed. Not only did she survive longer, but she survived with an acceptable quality of life until near the end. Joan traveled the world, attended her surprise birthday party with 275 family, friends, patients and colleagues attending, was present for a dedication ceremony at her office naming the Adult Medicine Department in her name, and playing golf, which she loved to do with her husband and her friends. Her husband was able to engage in the battle with her because of resources available to him and he was not intimidated by the medical system. Most people do not have those things at their disposal. Patients and caregivers are intimidated by the medical system complexity, insurance companies or health plans, the physical environment, and doctors and medical personnel because it is the unknown. Very rarely do caregivers push the envelope by questioning what is being done and why, or what more can be done with the end goal being extension of life with quality. Unfortunately, many patients and their caregivers are not given all of the options. It became very clear to Tom during his fight with Joan that some of her doctors deemed her a "treatment failure". In other words, Ovarian Cancer was going to eventually terminate her life, so the position that was taken by several involved in her treatment was to make no further effort on her behalf. It was critical that someone was watching over her care at every stage to make sure all options were on the table. As a direct result, her life was extended and she benefited as well as those that loved her.

With so many advances being made in cancer treatments and breakthroughs in immunotherapy drugs and vaccine treatments just over the horizon, it is critical to live as long as possible to be able to benefit from future available treatments. And even if the cure is not perfected in time, patients with extension of life will live to see and enjoy important events in the lives of their children, friends and families, enjoy travel, and do things they might not otherwise get the opportunity to experience if their lives were not extended.

The Joan L. Kidd, MD Fight for Life Continuum is the caregivers’ and patients’ team, standing behind them all the way through their treatment process, insuring the patient gets the best care possible and is aware of all options available to them in the most important fight of their life.

Joan, as a physician, made a difference in the lives of many patients she treated over her lifetime. Now she is the inspiration for this project that will continue making a significant difference in the lives of patients and caregivers for many years to come, and the Continuum bears her name and her legacy.

The Joan L. Kidd Fight for Life Continuum