Week 88: Surgery preparation

Written by Lars Haakon Soraas

Week 88 in the war on cancer has passed. It has been a week of surgery preparation. Here are highlights:

  • Dyanne will be admitted to Ullevål universitetssykehus on Tuesday this week (2nd May). Surgery will take place on Wednesday 3rd May.
  • We have spoken with the surgeon and understand that the surgery is not that risky (risk of death: very close to zero! risk of complications: a few percent).
  • If all goes to plan, Dyanne will be in intensive care for 2 days and then another 7 days or so in “normal” care.
  • We have spent a lot of time figuring out what to do with tissue which is removed. Note that we are not certain that there are cancer cells in there. Best case scenario is that the MRI scans “only” show radiation necrosis. If so, there is probably not much useful to do with the removed tissue. However, if there are cancer cells found in there, the we want to use these as well as possible. What we definitely will do is extensive mutation testing with e.g. Foundation One and also exome sequencing with the aim of making an updated version of the peptide vaccine. Other things we are looking into are: whole tumor vaccines, growing a cell line and various forms of drug testing. Furthermore, we are considering putting some of the tissue in a biobank called StoreMyTumor for future use. We regard tumor tissue as enemy hostages and plan to use all sorts of tricks and torture to co-opt them to reveal their weaknesses. Luckily cancer cells don’t have human rights.

Dyanne’s parents are also coming to Oslo tomorrow and will stay for a while. And tomorrow morning I am off to Sweden for a few hours. I am going to a farm close to Gottröra church, not so far away from Arlanda. If anyone manages to guess what I am doing there, I will buy them a beer.

Happy Labour Day tomorrow!

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