Ghost writer: how Martino Sclavi's brain tumour helped him write a book

Expected to die, and having lost the ability to read, the Italian film producer devoted himself to a near-impossible taskI meet Martino Sclavi in Islington, north London, where he shares a small flat. It ’s a perfectly ordinary summer morning: pigeons are cooing and somewhere far off, a siren sounds. But in Sclavi’s kitchen, everything is slightly skewed, our encounter just a notch off normal. For one thing, there is the peculiar food he is trying to make me eat at only 10 o’clock: a pie fille d with grey-looking onions, mushrooms and nuts, which tastes powerfully of chilli. For another, there is the fact that while he talks in an unstoppable flow (and in English, too, which is his second language), certain words will keep evading him. When, for instance, I reject the pie, and he offers m e a sweet concoction instead, all he can tell me is that it is made of yogurt and “a fruit…” What kind of fruit? “A big one, and when you peel it, there is just this long bit.” A mango? “No.” An avocado? “No.” The pair of us stumped, he falls silent for a moment. “Bananas are my treat,” he says, after a while. So it’s banana? “No.” He shakes his head forlornly.Six years ago Sclavi, a film producer, was in Los Angeles, working on a movie project with his best friendRussell Brand, when he began suffering from severe headaches. Soon afterwards he was admitted to hospital as an emergency, where...
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BRAIN tumour symptoms can depend on the type of brain tumour - benign or malignant - and also what part of the brain has been affected. But there are six general signs to look out for from headaches to changes in personality.
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(MediaSource) It wasn't the first wedding anniversary present that Lori Mines was hoping for. After seeking treatment for a debilitating migraine, Lori was diagnosed with advanced stage brain cancer. The prognosis for the disease is usually poor, but researchers are giving some patients with malignant brain tumors new hope for a longer life through research to help predict tumor aggressiveness and survival based on the unique characteristics of their tumors.
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BRAIN cancer symptoms can include weakness, vomiting and drowsiness. But, this is why you should never ignore a headache, as it could be a sign of a brain tumour.
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BRAIN TUMOUR symptoms can include weakness, vomiting and drowsiness. But, this is why you should never ignore a headache, as it could be a sign of brain cancer.
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CONCLUSION Cognitive impairment can affect daily functioning, quality of life, and capacity to work in patients with cancer and those in remission. Consequently, cognitive assessment is now an important and necessary part of a comprehensive oncological care plan. Cancer-related cognitive impairment might be due to the direct effects of the cancer itself, nonspecific factors, or comorbid conditions that are independent of the disease and/or due to the adverse effects of the treatment or combination of treatments given for the disease. The prevalence and extent of cognitive impairment associated with cancer is recognized but...
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Once you enter cancerland, your brain takes detours all the time. Where do these detours go? BAD PLACES!" Is that a zit? No, of course not. Its a tumor. Must be skin cancer. "" A headache? No, a brain tumor. Dead in 3 months. "" Is that a swollen lymph node? Quick, leukemia or lymphoma, which one? "As you can easily see you brain with cancer goes down the wrong roads. Usually in the middle of the night. Or when your are stuck in traffic by yourself.You start making little deals with yourself. " I'll wait a month and see if its still a problem. No, a month? No three weeks. Wait, two weeks....
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This article provides an overview of the role of palliative care in neuro-oncology. Management recommendations are made for neurologic symptoms in patients with advanced brain tumors, including headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Special attention is given to how and when to involve subspecialty palliative care and hospice services to improve symptom management during active tumor treatment and in the end-of-life phase of patients with brain tumors. Advance care planning and end-of-life goals should be addressed early in the disease trajectory; this article provides a road map for these discussions. Recent Findings: The high ...
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NEW MEMBERS: Fall ‘17 Brief bios/plugs for new members (extracted from the Introduce Yourself Connect Community) After returning to school to become an OR surgical tech, Mary Mack’s heart health declined, and she quickly learned to become a strong advocate for herself. Feeling that no one was into her participatory style, Mary believes a radical change in medical student education is necessary to change the culture of medicine. She is passionate about helping to make that change happen. Her other interests include playing the guitar and speaking Mandarin Chinese. Jim Skinner created the Smart Patient Academy a...
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BOSTON (CBS) – We’ve all done it — felt an ache or pain and jumped online to diagnosis ourselves.  Those internet answers can be scary and flat-out wrong. A Boston start-up now wants to change the way we give ourselves these online check-ups. “You’ll hear people say all the time ‘I put in cough and I got lung cancer. I put in headache and I had a brain tumor,’ ” said Andrew Le, describing the possible results someone might get when googling their own symptoms. Le is CEO of Boston-based BuoyHealth.com, a new website that wants to be your first online stop when you&rs...
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