Category Archive: Medical Procedures and Other Drugs


Georgetown and Radiation Bombs

August 1, 2012 - 20 Comments

Our intrepid cancer traveler finds yet another new hospital, doctor and treatment plan. This one [...]

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Why our decisions in the fight against cancer sometimes seem so easy

July 23, 2012 - 9 Comments

I often hear from people: “I don’t know how you do it.” I expect most people have a very [...]


Coffee grinders, bone marrow and a new treatment plan

April 18, 2012 - 21 Comments

Dena and I decided to start a new treatment plan, a very phase-oney Phase I trial at NCI called [...]

Of Diseased Livers and Uteri: How to Read a Radiology Report

March 31, 2012 - 14 Comments

Our intrepid heroes -- Chris and Dena Battle -- sneak into a national conference of radiologists to [...]

Heavy Drinkers, Radiologists and Blurry CT Scans

September 7, 2011 - 1 Comment

Dena and I approach Thursday's CT scan with a new level of apprehension, due to some things we've [...]

Ever Get a Punch Biopsy?

July 29, 2011 - 1 Comment

The doctor stuck me with a needle to inject some topical anesthesia, which felt like a little hornet [...]

You Say Drunk, I Say Muscle-Bound

June 11, 2011 - 1 Comment

So I’ve been reading a lot of online medical journals to find information about elevated enzymes [...]

Always Tip Your Phlebotomist

May 14, 2011 - 3 Comments

Thus, I must give a shout-out to Sir Robert, my phlebotomist at Johns Hopkins. He drops a needle [...]

MDX-1106: The First Transfusion

March 4, 2011 - 20 Comments

Monday’s transfusion went off without a hitch. My throat did not swell up with an allergic [...]

MDX-1106: Copious Bloodwork

March 1, 2011 - 2 Comments

Some people have their own hairstylists or nutritionists. A few have personal chefs and drivers. I [...]

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