Category Archives: Cancer

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Cancer and the Mission Update

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Today I finished my first week of chemo. I hadn’t planned on posting much about my treatments because I didn’t want to distract from the important work going on at the School of Library and Information Science and the amazing progress we are making with the Knowledge School across the globe. Pardon the shameless self-promotion,…

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I have cancer again.

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I have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, specifically Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. For those keeping track at home, this is a different cancer than I went through before (that was Hodgkin’s). I will begin a combination of chemo and immune therapy in the next week. The prognosis is good. While it is an aggressive cancer,…

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Celebration Through Action: The Obligation of Information and Communications in a Time of Alternative Facts

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Three years and a day ago a nurse injected me with a lethal chemical cocktail designed to kill any remaining cancer cells in my body, destroying my bone marrow in the process. Three years ago a doctor pushed harvested stem cells directly into my heart where they were pumped to the rest of my body…

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Light the Night with Mission Remission

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Hi! If you are reading this right now it is because folks like you, and thousands more who support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at events like Light the Night. It is through their work and your generous support, that I survived Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Funding supports research and service that lead to treatments and stem cell…

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My Last Cancer Post…I Hope

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Today is my second birthday. Two years ago yesterday nurses were shoveling ice chips into my mouth to minimize oral blisters from a Melphalan injection. The Melphalan was the last ingredient of a toxic chemo cocktail that would kill my bone marrow, and thus my ability to make blood or muster an immune response. In…

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The Boring Patient Audio Book: Epilogue

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I have been posting a chapter a week of my book The Boring Patient. This is the last post.You can download the ebook or listen to previous chapters here: https://davidlankes.org/?page_id=8390 Epilogue: A Cancer Free Summer

The Boring Patient Audio Book: Chapter 17

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I am posting a chapter a week of my book The Boring Patient. You can download the ebook or listen to previous chapters here: https://davidlankes.org/?page_id=8390 The last post in the series, the Epilogue, will be published tomorrow. Chapter 17: Dear Fellow Cancer Survivor

The Boring Patient Audio Book: Chapter 16

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I am posting a chapter a week of my book The Boring Patient. You can download the ebook or listen to previous chapters here: https://davidlankes.org/?page_id=8390 Chapter 16: Home

The Boring Patient Audio Book: Chapter 15

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I am posting a chapter a week of my book The Boring Patient. You can download the ebook or listen to previous chapters here: https://davidlankes.org/?page_id=8390 Chapter 15: A New Birthday