cancer


Small Victories and Spotting Moments of Grace

by Marcia Schekel
Some say this is the season to be jolly, to shop and bake and decorate and mail cards, and so much more. They say it is a season of stars, hymns, and candlelight.
Some say it is their favorite time of the year. And all of this may be true for you. Or it […]


Where is the Joy?

by Marcia Schekel
After 8 weeks of painful side effects from treatment, I looked at the CT with my oncologist to see the tumors growing and new ones coming in. I have felt crummy and have limited my activities and my spontaneous availability to friends. My husband is a great gardener — and I grow tumors. […]


Learning to be Healthy with Cancer

by Marcia Schekel
A diagnosis … mesothelioma … a punch to the gut … frozen with fear.
Mine was April 2014: surgical biopsy, pleural mesothelioma (epithelioid), inoperable, stage 4.
What is this strange disease? I ‘google’ meso, lawyers call. Arghhh. Somehow I contact the Meso Foundation, Mary calls. I know I am connected with others with meso. I […]


The Role of Data in Precision Medicine and the Cancer Moonshot Initiative

On April 26, we had the opportunity to attend Bloomberg Government’s conference on Building the Big Data Economy: Personalized care and cancer treatment in the age of big data. The conference centered around two main topics: the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) and the Cancer Moonshot Initiative (CMI).
The event kicked off with a conversation about precision […]