Tuesday 22nd July 2014,
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Browsing the "radiation" Tag

Being cool with everything

Being cool with everything

I take a chemo pill one week a month to destroy a cancerous brain tumor. By the end of the week I am exhausted, tired and nauseous. And I’m cool with that. During the following weeks my strength returns and I [...]

March 12, 2011 In Treatment
18months

Not that it’s any of your business…

Recently I attended a picnic with Brett. We were invited by his geek posse friends (they all collect Star Wars toys) and their families. Many people in the group have children ranging from babies to 16 years old. A five [...]

June 24, 2010 In Treatment
Liz and Erin

On Temodar with you, and you, and you

I met Erin’s husband at a brain tumor support group shortly after her craniotomy and diagnosis (grade 4 glioblastoma, holy smokes!). Erin had given birth to her second child just 4th months prior to going to the ER in July [...]

April 6, 2010 In Treatment
This building looks at me

This building looks at me

Radiation oncology is right across the street from where I live. If I were to ever need radiation this is the facility where I would receive treatment. I remember when I didn’t know what service was offered in that building [...]

October 19, 2009 In Treatment
There is no evidence that body scans save lives

There is no evidence that body scans save lives

Liz B. said… Dr. Liu, A person with brain cancer, the post I see most often on the American Cancer Society message boards is “Why aren’t full body CT scans part of an annual screening?” My answer was that it [...]

June 14, 2009 In Treatment
How to: Shrink a cancerous brain tumor

How to: Shrink a cancerous brain tumor

I thought I’d explain the deal with the killing/shrinking of a cancerous brain tumor. Of course killing the tumor would be great, but in order to do that you would need to cut out all visible tumor and then an [...]

May 22, 2009 In Treatment
Radiation side effects

Radiation side effects

My neuro-oncology team is concerned that we haven’t seen any progress (from my brain MRIs) since I began chemotherapy. I will do one more round of chemo in the second week of May and we will see how I do. [...]

April 21, 2009 In Treatment
Cancer treatment for dummies

Cancer treatment for dummies

Note: I feel guilty most of my links refer you to Wikipedia articles, but they’re usually great overviews for a topic. It’s official: I begin chemotherapy next Monday! It seems like a weird thing to be excited about, but I’ve [...]

February 25, 2009 Newly Diagnosed
Hi, I’m having a craniotomy

Hi, I’m having a craniotomy

Last night I sent this message to my twelve doctors/medical advisers. Dear Dr. ______, Since you are a doctor who is involved with my care I’d like to give you an update about my medical condition. On 1/16 I had [...]

January 25, 2009 Newly Diagnosed