Before I Go

Paul Kalanithi

In residency, there’s a saying: The days are long, but the years are short. In neurosurgical training, the day usually began a little before 6 a.m., and lasted until the operating was done, which depended, in part, on how quick you were in the OR. A resident’s surgical skill is judged by his technique and […]

The Little Pea

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It had been a year since I found it. It was like a little pea. It didn’t go away So I went to the Doctor to see.

I didn’t want to see the Doc., But I stepped up […]

My Blue Dots

My three blue dots I’ll not remove, They are my badge of courage. I’ll wear them all the rest of my life But will never be discouraged.

For these blue dots mark the spot Where the radiation could go, Into my body to kill those cells So those cells would never grow.

Grow up to […]

Blue Dot Society

Blue Dot Society The Blue Dot Society is a special group of strong and hearty folks. They’ve stepped up to take their turn to be pushed, prodded, and poked.

Their bodies perhaps a bit broken, but their spirits are strong indeed; To manage to go through what they must do to finish this medical deed.


Changing Cancer Treatments

Immunotherapy has shown remarkable gains in treating cancer by harnessing the body’s own immune system, and Dr. Jedd Wolchok, chief of the Melanoma and Immunotherapeutics Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is one of the leading researchers in the field. His patient, senior staff writer at Mary Elizabeth Williams, is the beneficiary of […]

Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer


Feelings and Cancer

Feelings and Cancer Just as cancer affects your physical health, it can bring up a wide range of feelings you’re not used to dealing with. It can also make many feelings seem more intense. They may change daily, hourly, or even minute to minute. This is true whether you’re currently in treatment, done with treatment, […]