Category Archive: Medical Procedures and Other Drugs


Shoes and Clinical Trials – Don’t Save Them for Fancy Occasions

October 31, 2013 - 7 Comments

I have a confession to make. I have a slight obsession with shoes. I wasn’t always a shoe collector. In fact, when I first started working, I had one pair of black pumps and one pair of brown pumps. They might have been the same shoe in different colors. My friend Marcie was the first [...]

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Molecular Profiling — the Wave of the Future?

June 25, 2013 - 10 Comments

As options run low, our intrepid cancer travelers turn to molecular profiling for answers.

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On Prednisone and Cannibalism

January 23, 2013 - 5 Comments

Prednisone is good for controlling bronchial inflammation -- less so for controlling moods and [...]

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Johns Hopkins Cancer Ward — Not the New Year’s Party Place We’d Expected

January 2, 2013 - 17 Comments

New Year's finds Dena and me partying at Johns Hopkins hospital. Are we wild and crazy or what!


A big man with a lead pipe, a bone scan and a drug called Cabo

December 10, 2012 - 15 Comments

What's it take to get a bone scan? Well, first you have to get by the big man with the lead pipe.

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Scopolamine? Bring on the Crazy

October 15, 2012 - 10 Comments

Our intrepid cancer traveler tries out a new drug and faces the potential for psychosis and [...]

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October 10, 2012 - 25 Comments

Cachexia is a difficult word. It’s pronounced kuh-KEK-see-uh, but you could come up with any [...]


Bronchoscopies and Sputum

August 17, 2012 - 1 Comment

Thanks to a camera coiled down my throat, we see a white mass blocking my left lung's main airway, a [...]

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My own pulmonologist, and my own demon monk

August 12, 2012 - 19 Comments

So. I’ve got an "intraluminal ploypid lesion in my bronchus intermedius." Possibly a cancerous [...]

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Radiation Good Times: Face Masks, Tattoos and Transformer Robots

August 3, 2012 - 16 Comments

Pretty cool day, all in all. I got to make my own face mask (though they refused my request for a [...]

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