20 Years In

I taught my first class as a professor in the fall of 1999. As I enter class today, this will begin my 21st year as a professor (my first class as a teacher was in fall of 1994, so that’s 25 years ago, not 20 but whatever). Undergrad and grad school were 10 years combined […]

Here’s some good news

The drugs appear to be working. Last week I had my semi-annual CT scan, and I got my results Thursday. The two largest tumours have shrunk by just under 1cm each. Now, before you get too excited, remember that remission is not on the table here. The goal of this therapy is to stop the […]

Happy birthday: you have cancer!

This was my birthday week — Tuesday the 6th was the actual day (which was some work, some fun and playing music), and we are “officially” celebrating tomorrow with tennis, eclairs and a visit to one of my favourite Montreal restaurants. On Thursday I saw my oncologist. It’s mostly no news. My tumour marker is […]

Genes, Genes, Genes

(Title reference explained below)** On Monday I was at my endocrinologist’s office. No big news from my meeting with him. Everything’s good. Except he said “it’s good that you’re wearing a hat.” I assumed it was some middle-aged bald guy advice (NB: sunburned scalp is the most disgusting feeling known to humans), but it turns […]

Minimal news is good news

Everything’s going smoothly. I saw my oncologist last Thursday but was pushing some Monday deadlines, so I’m lateblogging this. My tumour marker is at 8, which is not a statistically significant difference from the 7 I registered six weeks ago before I left. I’m staying on 18mg Lenvima for the foreseeable future. I have no […]