A tale of two interleukins

Another month, another slide show. This one is about two things I had no experience with prior to fellowship—interleukin 15, and chondrosarcoma.

The latter should be better known to surgeons, as most are resistant to all known types of chemotherapy or radiation. The only good way to get rid ...

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In the ivory tower

The rotation is called malignant hematology, but between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and everyone being away for ASH, it was a joke. The only memorable part were the first two weeks—the oncology consults at Georgetown—which reminded me that the NIH was indeed an ivory tower. This is ...

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BRAF mutations in non-small cell lung cancer

This was the last tumor board of the year, and the first in which I did not discuss a hematological malignancy.

Lung cancer is bad, doubly so when it’s metastatic, but looking at this patient’s history you can see it doesn’t necessarily mean months-not-years left. This particular ...

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A few good pens

Helping out Georgetown University fellows with their oncology consult service for a few days reminded me of how important it was to have at least three good pens with you at all times. By that, I don’t mean grabbing a handful of disposable Bics from a Staples shelf just ...

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How to say “I don’t know” like an intern

A key skill to have during oral exams back in med school was never to admit not knowing. Avoid the areas you’re uncertain of, dodge the examiner’s field of expertise as much as you can, and never ever say “I don’t know”.

These sage words were passed ...

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Lymphoma, a post mortem

Six weeks of anyhing will get tiresome near the end, doubly so if it involves taking a 6am train and not getting back home until 7. Combined inpatient/outpatient juggling twice a week didn’t help either, and neither did the high turnover1. Still, as inpatient rotations go, this ...

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Myeloid sarcoma, a slide show

This tumor board was almost two month ago. The case is fascinating, but the presentation had too much patient-related information for me to be comfortable posting it here. I ended up removing most of the interesting slides, though it remains a decent introduction to GATA2 mutations/MonoMAC syndrome, and a ...

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On medical euphemisms

Observe George Carlin discussing how euphemisms are invading the English language:

I first heard a version of this years ago, back in Serbia, while I was still a med student. It hadn’t left much of ...

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