Radiology Report Terminology

18 Mar

With easier access to patient medical records, via online portals, and the ability to search terms and phrases in medical literature, I feel I’m inching closer to a better understanding of neurology, oncology and trauma of the brain. I don’t … Read More »

Hearing Aid Trial and Tribulations

12 Mar

When Susie was diagnosed with recurrent brain cancer, a Secondary Glioblastoma (IDH1-mutant), we discussed her treatment options with her Neuro-Oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center. We looked at clinical trials, surgery and other options. Her case was brought before a … Read More »

A Bittersweet Day

25 Feb

Yesterday was Susie’s last day of physical therapy. It should have been a happy day, as she has progressed a lot in the last year. She is physically stronger, is more aware of her balance and now can continue with … Read More »

To Mask or Not

10 Feb

Masks have become a partisan badge one either does or does not support. There does not seem to be nuance in the discussion regarding the context and the participants involved. Some of the most vocal view this discussion as good … Read More »

Quite An Anniversary Day, Indeed

4 Feb

Today is our wedding anniversary. We normally celebrate by going somewhere special. With Susie deaf in one ear, we like early reservations. This way restaurants tend to be quiet. With the pandemic and Susie being immune compromised, we have not … Read More »

End of 2021 Update

1 Jan

It’s been two months since my last post. We were supposed to join my family in New England for Thanksgiving. I was combining the holiday with attending the 26th Annual Meeting and Education Day of the Society of Neuro-Oncology. I … Read More »

Brain Tumor Awareness and Swim Across America

2 Nov

This week is the 15th International Brain Tumour Awareness Week, held from Saturday 30-OCT-2021 to 06-NOV-2021. This event is organized by the International Brain Tumour Alliance, and is intended to encourage activities that draw attention to particular challenges of brain … Read More »

Real World Data and Historical Controlled Trials

6 Sep

This last week, I was chatting with a medical specialist friend. We were discussing clinical trial data, COVID-19 and confirmation bias. The conversation drifted to real world data (RWD)/ evidence (RWE) and observational studies with historical controls. While I am … Read More »

Thoughts on Healthcare and Research

9 Apr

With my work, I often interact with Physicians, Hospitals and Life Sciences companies. Seldom do my discussions center around brain cancer, but I often think about how whatever I am doing could be applied to cancer patients like Susie and … Read More »

Brain Tumor Project Update

23 Mar

I recently received an email from Count Me In’s Brain Tumor Project, previously called the “Brain Cancer Project.” Susie and I participated in the launching of the effort with other patients, advocates and the Broad Institute. In addition to volunteering, … Read More »

Follow-up Travel Travails

20 Mar

This last week, we traveled to Houston for Susie’s cancer follow-up at MD Anderson’s Brain and Spine Center. This is the first time, since the pandemic started, we’ve physically met with Dr. O’Brien (her neuro-oncologist). Actually it has been even … Read More »

Scanxiety and the Human Pin Cushion

29 Oct

Last week Susie had her regularly scheduled cancer follow-up, which happens every four months. Let’s start with the most important detail, which is her scan results show her brain cancer is stable. Stable means no progression of disease, i.e. her … Read More »