SEASON 2 Ep. 9: “Cancer is not a sniper shot–It’s a grenade,” with Guest Dr. Randy D’Amico

SEASON 2 Ep 9: “Cancer is not a sniper shot–it’s a grenade,” with Guest Dr. Randy D’Amico


            The themes around Episode 9 will have us all reflecting a bit more this holiday season. You wouldn’t know it from the title, but we talk a lot about the act of forgiveness–what it takes to forgive. Not just in forgiving others, but forgiving ourselves.

The title, “Cancer isn’t a sniper shot, it’s a grenade,” is a loaded title. In my conversation with our guest, Dr. Randy D’Amico, he expresses how cancer isn’t a single shot, it isn’t a sniper that has one bullseye–it’s a grenade that scatters everywhere and impacts everyone around you. And I thought that was very powerful, because cancer doesn’t just impact the patient, it impacts all those connected to the patient. It has a ripple effect, and everyone is forced to find a way to deal with the aftermath of the diagnosis of their loved one or friend. This is where forgiveness plays its part.

Dr. Randy D’Amico is the Assistant professor of Neurosurgery in the department of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill hospital/Northwell Health, and the director of the Lenox Hill hospital brain and spine metastasis program. He is also the host of the webinar series tumor talk sponsored by the AANS/CNS joint tumor section and the journal of neuro-oncology.

Dr. D’Amico opens up about the challenges of working in the field of neurosurgery and brain and spine oncology, as well as its rewards. He brings insight and clarity to the intensity and passion of working alongside brain and spine cancer patients and their families, what he learns from each individual patient, and the singular focus of the neurosurgery team at Lenox Hill to find a cure for brain cancer!


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Resources from SEASON 2 Ep. 9:


(Springer) Journal of NeuroOncology- Neuropsychological outcomes following supratotal resection for high‐grade glioma, 

National Cancer Institute- Coping with Cancer Changes the Whole Family,

(Springer) Journal of NeuroOncology- Dual inhibition of CPT1A and G6PD suppresses glioblastoma tumorspheres,

Stanford Medicine (Surviving Cancer News)- Cancer and the Family’s Needs,

Cure Today (not just for cancer survivors)- Mindfulness Meditation May Help Ease Stress,

Clinical Trials:

CURRENTLY RECRUITING! OncoSynergy and Moffit Cancer Center (FL)- Phase 1 Clinical Trial for Recurrent Glioblastoma,

CURRENTLY RECRUITING! Hillman Cancer Center- Olaparib in Treating Patients With Advanced Glioma, Cholangiocarcinoma, or Solid Tumors With IDH1 or IDH2 Mutations,

CURRENTLY RECRUITING! Roswell Cancer Center- SurVaxM Vaccine-Brain Cancer Immunotherapy,


CURRENTLY RECRUITING! University of California San Francisco- A New Way to Treat Children and Young Adults With a Brain Tumor Called NGGCT (ages 3-30)


Tumor Talk

GammaTile Therapy-Patient Spotlight

For more resources, visit our resource page here.

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