Cancer Journal: A table of contents

I am a psychologist, a health services researcher, and a contributor to The Incidental Economist. The Cancer Journal reports my experiences as a cancer patient in the COVID pandemic.

  1. I have serious news.” My day and night in the Emergency Department on July 2nd and 3rd, 2020, when I was first diagnosed with cancer.
  2. Playing for real money. In which I meet my tumour. I explain what kind of cancer I have, what likely caused it, and why having everyone vaccinated against the human papillomavirus matters, even for men.
  3. Treating cancer — So many decisions. There are difficult choices for treating cancer. Here’s how I made them.
  4. Not-so-shared cancer decision-making. How is treatment supposed to work when you can’t communicate with the Cancer Centre?
  5. Radiation Therapy for Cancer — What’s It Like? For one thing, they put you into a machine. Wearing a mask.
  6. Radiation therapy for cancer: Two weeks left. On what it’s like to be a cook who loses the ability to taste.
  7. Radiation therapy for cancer: DONE I’m through. With a health intervention from my dog.
  8. Fighting Cancer and Fighting COVID-19. Why I don’t ‘fight’ cancer.
  9. Hallway Medicine. I travel by ambulance to an Emergency Department and get treated in the hallway. Why that happens in Ontario.
  10. “So, how do you feel about having cancer during COVID? The emotional cost of cancer.
  11. WTF, I have a lung tumour? I get to read the results of my CT scan online before my doctor sees them.
  12. What is health? It’s not clear what ‘health’ means, but you need to get clear about it to make a good decision about your care.
  13. The PET Scan. I have another test to check whether radiation killed my tumour. And it suggests that the tumour is still there.
  14. How to Live with Cancer. Getting through with a good marriage, a good dog, and Peloton.
  15. Ontario on the Edge. How the pandemic is threatening our provincial health care system.
  16. SHATTERED. I get the results of a biopsy. My cancer is back, and my prognosis is terrible.
  17. Hard Conversations and Deep Attention. How do you have a conversation about dying?
  18.  Immunotherapy. My search for a new treatment strategy.
  19. Citizenship in the Kingdom of Malady. Cancer as a personally transformative experience.
  20. The Combined Positive Score. Finally, some good news: I might be the kind of person for whom immunotherapy works.
  21. The Sad Thing About Good News. On cancer and depression.
  22. A Soldier of the Great War. Why I’m not fighting against cancer.
  23. Thanksgiving. A long road trip, searching for treatment.
  24. To Hope or Not to Hope. In the liminal world between life and death.
  25. The COVID Pandemic on New Year’s Day, 2022. The US has experienced 3.1 deaths/million than Canada. Why?
  26. Not to Hope. I am on leave from death, and grateful for it.

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