AdventuresInLivingTerminallyOptimistic

I went and got a haircut this week.  No that was not meant to be the single most boring start to a blog post in the history of cancer blogging –...

SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY (12/23) – NBC NATIONAL NIGHTLY NEWS with Lester Holt!  NBC Nightly News recently interviewed both I and a patient/caregiver couple helped by the COLONTOWN CLINIC, a project supported by...

When you are first diagnosed with cancer, many things stream through your mind at light speed.  Being there for your kids, impending major changes to lifestyle and life plans, and right...

This is a lengthy science post I have been debating whether to write for over a year.  Many fellow patients have been asking me to write it but I have hesitated....

Photo graphic courtesy of STAT News, Photo by James Cuevas I hear questions all the time for an update on my personalized “neoantigen” immunotherapy research project – a project I first wrote about...

A great aspect of my current life is that I get to meet some incredible people doing incredible things.  Doing things that they never would have done without cancer entering their...

It’s hard to believe that it has already been almost 12 months since I last ran a UCSD-Moores Cancer Center Team Triathlon, which I wrote about last year in my post...

In conjunction with the start of Colorectal Cancer (CRC) awareness month, I’m excited to announce that the 2016 Colondar 2.0 annual resource magazine was released today! I LOVE the page from...

As I announced in my most recent medical update post “It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint”, this week I started the chemotherapy cocktail FOLFIRI  + the angiogenesis inhibitor Avastin (bevacizumab). I...

The title to this post is “Adventures in Living Terminally Optimistic” in Chinese. It should also have a subtitle “First, an Introduction… Part 2”. Aka “Oops”. Seeing my blog title in...

Although our health system is far from perfect, we often forget there are BILLIONS of people in the world without basic access to the latest oncology news and knowledge. With >50...

There is no new medical news to report – which in the case of someone with Stage IV cancer is a good thing!  I’m continuing my weekly Erbitux infusions (with appropriate...

Scanxiety noun : the tension which builds, particularly among those who have or have had cancer, as they move towards their regular checkup scan. All cancer patients approach scan days differently. ...

After coasting yesterday and letting Tami Boehmer do all the writing, I figured it was time for me to write a real post since it has been a while.  I’ve already...

A DVR reminder of a film I have mentioned before: The incredible new Ken Burns “Cancer – the Emperor of All Maladies” PBS mini-series will air next week on Mon-Wed (4/30-5/1),...

I had a (relatively 🙂 ) quiet week, so I wanted to take the opportunity to  write another “Common Question Answered” post to try to explain in easily understood language the...

I plan to cover a range of topics in this blog including treatment/medical updates, exciting scientific progress/breakthroughs (explained for the lay reader 🙂 ) and also answering some common “curiosity questions”...