This New York Times piece about Sen. Edward Kennedy's fight against brain cancer is an excellent explanation of the balance Steve has faced since January 2008.
Reading it stirs mixed emotions. We know how lucky we are that Steve has outlived the median expected life expectancy after diagnosis -- 15 months.
And yet there's this harsh reality:
“This remains just a dreadful tumor,” said Dr. Eugene S. Flamm, a neurosurgeon at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Flamm, who was not involved with Mr. Kennedy’s treatment, added that when a patient developed glioblastoma, “there is not a hell of a lot you can do.”
And, though we've never questioned the treatment path for Steve's tumor, it is reassuring to read that Steve's treatment falls in line with what experts recommend.