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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 written about the science behind my anti-EGFR therapy here.  I think what I wrote is already a fascinating scientific story and hopefully it becomes even more so in the future after I see how successful my current experiment has been… 😉… Read More

Just a quick update on my anti-EGFR Therapy… I just got back from my Oncologist  appt.  He was downright giddy happy/excited to see the scope of my EGFR rash! 🙂 Oncology drug side effects are graded on a scale of 1-4 (well, technically a scale of 1-5 but 5 equals ….. let’s not go there.) My rash is officially “Grade 2” which is EXACTLY the “sweet spot” I wanted to be in… Read More

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 new treatment I recently started for my CRC (an anti-EGFR therapeutic antibody called cetuximab).  I’ve found that there is a real curiosity among both fellow patients as well as the general public to understand why certain drugs are used for cancer therapy,… Read More

There have been a series of strange coincidences & twists of fate during my cancer journey but one that happened last week ranks up there with one of the most amazing… In the past week a scientific dream I’ve had in regard to my cancer became a reality – by the most unexpected route possible. For a scientist experiencing an extreme low last week with being excluded from many clinical trials, this was… Read More

It has been an interesting month to say the least… on top of the complicated medical appointment logistics of dealing with simultaneous melanoma + CRC and the melanoma surgery & CRC scans themselves, were the scientific talk 3-day (!)  trip to Barcelona, the subsequent (but unrelated) beginning of our major house remodel project (to borrow a phrase from economics – schöpferische Zerstörung i.e. the cringe-worthy “creative destruction” of our home of >10 years… Read More

Here’s some exciting positive news to share from the personal side of cancer! I have been selected to be one of the 12 “models” for the 2016 Colondar 2.0 annual magazine (to be published in March 2016) which annually features the stories of 12 young CRC patients from across the nation who were diagnosed under age 50 (the age when screening is recommended to start). I’m very excited to take part in a… Read More

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” that I suspect many people have — based upon the number of times I have been asked already.  Cancer is very much a six “four-letter” word – so I know many people are uncomfortable asking certain questions, even if they are… Read More

The main reason for our family vacation to Park City, Utah was to give Amelie & Eleni the experience of “fun in the snow” that Veronica and I had growing up back East before moving to California.  There was a side aspect to the trip though.  It was the final week of my 3-week Christmas /vacation/Eleni’s 4th birthday chemo break – upon return from Utah, I knew I would be facing tough… Read More

Hi Everyone! After my Stage IV diagnosis I had told you I would stop sending out regular medical updates by email – and instead only give updates when asked. What I didn’t realize was how many people cared & were curious to know the latest news on me but… found it difficult to ask me for an update.  I have since discovered that this discomfort in asking (& the ensuing not knowing… Read More

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