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 »

Hindsight is 2010

17 Oct

After September’s unpresidential debate, see Presidential Debate Shit Show, we’ve seen Corona Virus (aka SARSCov2/ COVID19) take center stage. This is partly due to President Trump and some folks who attended the Supreme Court nomination announcement for Judge Amy Coney … Read More »

ABTA Mock Brain Tumor Board

13 Sep

Yesterday and today I joined the 2020 National Conference for the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA). While I enjoyed yesterday’s webinar sessions, I was particularly looking forward to two sessions being held today (Saturday), specifically a Brain Tumor Board (facilitated … Read More »

The Promising Pathways Act (S.3872)

22 Aug

Back in May, I participated in the Head to the Hill event. The focus was to urge congressional representatives and senators to fund vital research and clinical trials that target brain cancer, like Glioblastoma Multiforme. On July 22nd, Glioblastoma Awareness … Read More »

Austin Neighborhood Analysis of COVID-19

13 Jul

This blog post is part of my Capstone Project for the IBM Data Science Professional Certification, offered via Coursera. I specifically documented some of the challenges and twists and turns that a lay person might encounter digging into publicly available … Read More »

Regional Comparison of COVID-19

18 Jun

Back in April, I wrote a blog post titled Corona Virus Observations. The post was really a back of the napkin analysis of US versus EU daily case and mortality rates. It showed the US case rates were higher than … Read More »