• 01May
    Written By Lars Haakon Soraas

    Week 36 in the war on cancer. It has been an interesting week. Some highlights:

    -On Monday we got the results of a gene test both Dyanne and I have done with 23andme. The gene test is based on saliva, meaning that the mutations found are in every cell in the body, as opposed to genetic testing done on cancer tissue which finds genetic changes that are specific to some or all cancer cells. Apart from finding out that Dyanne is an "Asian Flusher", i.e. a person that is turns red when drinking alcohol, we also found out Dyanne's genes dictate that she has dry earwax and no body odour. On my side, I am the happy owner of two copies of APOE4 which means I have something like 11x the chance of getting Alzheimer. So once we are done with finding a cure for lung cancer, I will be motivated to find a cure for Alzheimers as well. If I remember, that is...

  • 24Apr
    Written By Lars Haakon Soraas

    A recent article in Nature (www.nature.com/n…/cancer-therapy-an-evolved-approach-1.19746) featured the work of Robert Gatenby, who is one of my favourite cancer researchers. He is one of few oncologists/researchers who seems to have thought deeply about how cancer evolves in response to treatment and what it would take to achieve long term disease control. He happens to also be a mathematician. More mathematicians should be cancer researchers, and more cancer researchers should be mathematicians.

  • 16Apr
    Written By Lars Haakon Soraas

    Dyanne did an MRI last week and a CT scan this week. We learned the results of both this week and both scans look good, i.e. showing cancer is shrinking in some places and stable in other places. Furthermore, there are no new lesions either. The weekly blood was also good. The main reason for the shrinkage is (almost certainly) the new medicine Dyanne started in February, Tagrisso (osimertinib/AZD9291).

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