Artificial Intelligence & Genomics
On October 9th, 60 Minutes aired a piece on Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Watson, a question answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. And Watson can read and learn from documents, images, scans, you name it. Just click on "60 Minutes" above to go to the video. Or click here to see the segment on Watson for Genomics.
What I found so amazing is that Watson can take in the 8,000 medical research papers published daily, something my Oncologist would not have the time to do and still practice medicine, or any other for that matter.
As the article says,
Each person’s cancer is unique, as is their treatment journey.
The thought that Watson, or some other form of AI could be used to help diagnosis a disease, like cancer, and then suggest a treatment based on all of it's knowledge, with the guidance and oversight of the medical community, I find absolutely amazing and gives me such hope.
Loving Kindness Meditation
I've just completed a six-week program on Loving Kindness Meditation, Sonoma Insight Meditation Sangha (group), and really enjoyed it. And the good news to you, or others in the Sonoma Valley area, is that the group will continue to meet as an open ongoing group beginning today, Monday, October 24, 2016.
We welcome new members and drop-ins.
Time is 5:15-6:45 pm at the Shambala Center on Napa Street. This is dana-based (donation-based), and all you need do is show up. But if you have questions, our coordinator, Judi Cohen, is happy to take them at Judi[at]warriorone.com. I'm looking forward to making meditation a more consistent part of my life.
I've been dreaming almost nightly of late. I know that we all dream, but I am rarely aware of mine. So I'm wondering if it is because I am now taking 60 mg of Melatonin nightly and slowly upping the dose. Or is it the nightly Cannabis juice? They are both thought to help combat cancer and do not conflict with my cancer treatments, so I am giving them a try. Mind you, I am continuing all my Oncology appointments and treatments, just adding this in with the hopes it may help as well.
Some of the dreams are so vivid. One night it was about swimming in the ocean where hundreds of octopi were and they were sticking onto swimmers backs - YIKES! Another was about my dear cousin Denise who passed from MBC earlier this year in February, and we were at a party somewhere and she was opening lots of gifts. Talk about polar opposites.
Here are some links on the benefits of Melatonin for cancer.
Cold caps have been a bit of a controversial topic for me, as in the past I had learned they might combat the good effects of chemo in the head and brain where the caps are placed. But I am reading more news that the risk is so small it really isn't an issue.
A cold cap is a tightly fitting, strap-on hat filled with gel that’s chilled to between -15 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. It may help some women keep some or quite a bit of their hair during chemotherapy. Because the caps are so cold, they narrow the blood vessels beneath the skin of the scalp, reducing the amount of chemotherapy medicine that reaches the hair follicles. With less chemotherapy medicine in the follicles, the hair may be less likely to fall out. During each chemotherapy session, the caps are worn for 20 to 50 minutes before, durin, and after chemo. I hear it is pretty uncomfortable, giving you a headache, but then I've never tried it.
Cold caps were unknown to me in 2011 when I was first diagnosed. I think it was all pretty new technology back then. But I learned about this shortly after. I still don't think I would have chosen it then. And now... well my treatment is pretty much ongoing for the rest of my life so it just doesn't make since for a metster, AND I am already bald. But it is information worth sharing to those following along.
I will finish with a couple of snapshots from a very busy weekend filled with family love and fun.
|Riding in the old fire truck with grandson at the Sonoma Fire Dept Open House & Pancake Breakfast.|
|Watching Sonoma High Homecoming parade down Broadway with my sis.|