Essay: The Only Acceptable Option

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in Bereavement, Blog, Cancer, Essays | No Comments
Essay:  The Only Acceptable Option

Joe and his wife, Carla, talked about it when she got the news – she didn’t want chemo. She didn’t want chemicals to destroy her body. She made that clear to Joe. Her father went through something awful when he got cancer and she just didn’t believe in those poisons. And they had done their […]

Meeting the Man on the Table

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Blog, Cancer, Essays | No Comments
Meeting the Man on the Table

In May I autopsied a man I had gotten to know. He came to the autopsy table more rapidly than usual after he died, because the autopsy was for cancer research. Joseph (yes, not his real name) was a “tumor donor.” Tumor chemistry is unforgiving and ephemeral — the mysteries fly away unchasable unless the […]

Monthly case: Undiagnosed Pancreatic Cancer

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Blog, Cancer, Cases | No Comments
Monthly case:  Undiagnosed Pancreatic Cancer

What is shown?   The top photo shows the pancreas split down the middle (horizontally).  To the left is the tumor.  Next to the tumor is a circle.  This is a tube cut across.  It is the common bile duct (the tube that drains bile from the liver).  The tube is abnormal.  It’s too big (dilated). […]

Monthly Case: Second lung cancer

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Blog, Cancer, Cases | No Comments
Monthly Case:  Second lung cancer

What is shown?  The picture shows a large tumor (oval) of the left lung.  The tumor is about 3 inches wide, from top to bottom. The tumor is right next to the main airway (arrows). How did this patient die?  The lung cancer grew into the airway and blocked this patient’s breathing. What type of […]

April Case: Liver metastases

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Blog, Cancer, Cases | No Comments
April Case:  Liver metastases

Diagnosis: Liver Metastases What is shown? The picture shows two slices of the liver, each with a metastasis (arrows). These were the only metastases in the liver. Where did the metastases come from? They came from a lung cancer. How did this patient die? The patient died from the lung cancer (which blocked her breathing). […]