Weekend Wonderings

Written August 3rd, 2014 by Ken

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings.  Yeesh, here we are, the 1st weekend of August.  We’ll have a couple updates on The James, comment on some football related events and wrap it up with a song in our hearts.  To get us in the mood, here is permanent musical accompaniment by Maroon 5. Grab whatever beverage that you need and let’s proceed.

Don’t forget, this month is the centennial of the start of World War I, “The War to End All Wars”. Not a good way to start the 20th century..

The James/Wexner:

First up, The James’ Dr. Flynn’s short video explains the use of Ibrutinib to treat hematologic cancers. Here’s the link to the announcement. You’d better grab a beverage, this gets deep into the weeds..

Here are four more recommendations to lifestyle changes to reduce your cancer risk.  The big one for me, and quite likely a lot of you, is ‘Protect Your Skin’.  Yes, we’re into August, but we still have two more months of of outdoor activity in addition to outdoor “watching our favorite collegiate football team.” To refresh your memory, here is a link to the first four recommendations to reduce your cancer risk.

Finally, if you need any motivation to get out and get active, look no further than 80-year old cancer survivor Beverly Cote of Newark, OH.

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Weekend Wonderings

Written July 27th, 2014 by Ken

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings.  Here we are, the last weekend in July. As usual, we’ll be joined by our permanent musical accompaniment.  We’re going to have something about The James, immature professional athletes (I know..) and something from Boston. Grab whatever beverage(s) that you prefer and let’s proceed.

By the time you read this, Lovely Bride and I will be on our way back home from a family wedding in Boston, MA. I’m sure there will be stories aplenty; none of which will be told here.. Congratulations Maureen and Bryan.

The James/Wexner:

Here’s a nice, quick read on the food service program at the new James. It provides for patient-customized meals; what you want to eat, when you want to eat it. This is a great way to get the proper nutrition to individual patients when they need it.

Here is an informative interview with Joseph Flynn of The James explaining his research in CDK inhibitors in cancer treatment.

Joseph Flynn, DO, MPH, focuses on the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in his research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Here’s a notice of a live Google+ Hangout with advice to manage cancer treatment side effects while at work. After all, after cancer diagnosis and during cancer treatment, live goes on.  The Hangout is Wednesday July 30th at 6:00PM EST. And work, whatever form it may take, is part of life..

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Weekend Wonderings

Written July 20th, 2014 by Ken

weekendwonderings Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings.  Here we are, mid July, summer is flying by. Of course, that means we’re getting closer to Football Season, so, silver linings and all that. Grab whatever beverage(s) that you need and let’s forge ahead. Of course, we’ll forge ahead to our usual musical accompaniment. We have good stuff regarding The James, commentary of some sort, and some music to wrap it up. Thanks for stopping by.

Speaking of futball, congratulations to Germany for winning the World Cup. In the semi-finals, Deutschland blitzed Brazil like they did the Low Countries in Spring 1940. Sunday was a different story, however. Argentina took Germany to the limit (just ask the players on the pitch) before falling 1-0 on a great goal by Mario Götze

Happy Birthday –  I want to take the time to wish my step-father, Bob, a happy 90th birthday today.  A long life and a well lived life. Here’s hoping for many more, Bob.

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Weekend Wonderings

Written July 6th, 2014 by Ken

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings.  I hope that everyone has enjoyed their 4th of July celebrations and are finding relaxing family time this weekend. Grab whatever beverage that you need and let’s proceed.

The James/Wexner:

Obviously, a cancer patient goes through numerous and profound physical and emotional changes during treatment. Here is a list of several physical changes to expect.

Here is a great pic of the new James Hospital framed by a rainbow.

Finally, here is a brief video introducing the BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) Unit at the new James.

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Weekend Wonderings

Written June 29th, 2014 by Ken

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. Here we are, end of June, which means we are getting closer to football season. If your appetite needs whetting, you can check out Patrick’s weekly season opponent preview series.  Since your appetite is now properly whetted, grab whatever beverage that you need, appropriate for time of day of course,  and let’s proceed.

We have a little something regarding The James, some baseball and our Sunday Song. Of course, accompanied by our article soundtrack from Maroon 5.

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Weekend Wonderings

Written June 22nd, 2014 by Ken

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. We have tidbits regarding The James, a couple miscellaneous commentary topics and a musical finale. Fire up the speakers, cause it’s Sunday morning!

Grab your beverage and let’s proceed.

 The James/Wexner:

Here is some research from the folks at The James regarding the use of a deadly life form, a virus, along with a cancer targeting agent to kill cancer cells. This is a creation of a hunter-killer approach to cancer treatment and therapy.

Giving low doses of a particular targeted agent with a cancer-killing virus might improve the effectiveness of the virus as a treatment for cancer, according to a study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

  • Viruses designed to kill cancer cells are being used in clinical trials to treat brain cancer and other malignancies.

  • This study suggests that combining a particular targeted agent with a cancer-killing virus might improve the virus’s ability to kill cancer cells.

  • The findings support the testing of this combination therapy in a clinical trial.

In other news, Dr. Carbone of The James discusses specific biomarkers to assist in diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. It’s a long, long journey, but, small steps, folks..

Commentary:

Talkin’ Football: Musician Jon Bon Jovi’s name has been bandied about as a potential buyer for the Buffalo Bills.

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Weekend Wonderings: Father’s Day Edition

Written June 15th, 2014 by Ken

ww2Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. Grab whatever beverage that you need (coffee is nice, see above) and let’s proceed. We’ll have some news from The James, some miscellaneous commentary and wrap it up with a track by Eric Clapton.

The James/Wexner

Here is an interesting example of cross-fertilization between departments and between universities.

 The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan have signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Ohio-based Venture Therapeutics Inc., to form a new company to develop and commercialize a pharmaceutical technology targeted for the treatment of precancerous oral lesions. 

Previously published data shows that about 30% of the higher grade precancerous oral lesions progress to oral cancer, specifically oral squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer is particularly devastating to patients because treatment entails removal of facial and mouth structures essential for esthetics and function. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 42,440 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer and over 8,390 oral cancer related deaths will occur in 2014.

This is a pretty big deal where OSU interdisciplines (dentistry and oncology) team up with UM staff for this new treatment protocol.  Buckeyes and Wolverines may not care for one another on the field/court, but when it counts, it counts..

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Weekend Wonderings

Written June 8th, 2014 by Ken

weekendwonderings Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. I hope that you notice the new header (above) that is the end result of efforts from tBBC’s Arts & Graphics Department. (Thanks, Joe). This is a “says it all” graphic; the James is in the background and our beverage if coffee. Another addition, the weekly embed of Sunday Morning. I hope that you enjoy the new look.

This week we’ll touch on a couple articles concerning The James, have some golf tips and of course, close things out with our Sunday Song. Grab your beverage and let’s proceed.


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