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January 29, 2004

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WSJ: New Consumer Access to Quality Data

The Kaiser Network has a good summary of Laura Landro's Latest Informed Patient article on new web tools for improving consumer access to quality data about health plans. The actual WSJ site requires a password, but this article is worth reading.

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LA Times - "Democrats Can't Shake the Pack on Health Care

A very good article in today's LA Times on the Democrats health care issue positions. Worth a read.

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January 28, 2004

Bloggers and Davos ...

Bloggers inside, Davos secrets are out -- an excellent article in the International Herald Tribune.

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January 27, 2004

Health Care on Voter's Minds

In today's Washington Post, an interesting article about the voter's mind. For the New Hampshire voters, healthcare is the most important issue. In a national wide poll mentioned, the economy and healthcare top the list for most voters. The war on Iraq continuing to drop in the importance of many voters.

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January 26, 2004

Candidates on Healthcare ...

The Portsmouth Herald has a good summary of the candidates healthcare ideas.

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January 23, 2004

Daily News Observed - Healthcare & Legal News

Summary of news about healthcare and legal issues from a variety of sources.

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HealthLeaders Daily News --
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STUDY FINDS THAT TAXES PAY FOR MOST OBESITY COSTS
AP/Washington Post
http://www.healthleaders.com/news/newspage1.php?contentid=51860

KERRY CALLS FOR CHEAPER DRUG PRICES
AP/Washington Post
http://www.healthleaders.com/news/newspage1.php?contentid=51866

OBSTACLES REMAIN DESPITE ENDORSEMENT FROM BUSH ON DIGITAL MEDICAL RECORDS
Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
http://www.healthleaders.com/news/newspage1.php?contentid=51900

ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS WOULD HURT CONSUMERS
USA Today
http://www.healthleaders.com/news/newspage1.php?contentid=51908

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Kaiser First Edition - Early morning look at healthcare news
http://www.kaisernetwork.org/firstedition
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Sen. Kennedy To Propose Universal Health Care Plan Boston Globe
http://www.kaisernetwork.org/firstedition/thu/1

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Kaiser Health Policy Watch
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New York Times Examines Potential Impact of Proposed California
State Budget on Public Health, Uninsured
http://cme.kff.org/Key=1650.F5w.c.D.GlGd7G

Public's Concern Over Cost of Health Care Grows, Survey Says
http://cme.kff.org/Key=1650.F5w.f.D.GqBvJK

Physician Group Unveils Health Care Reform Proposal To Expand
Health Coverage to More U.S. Residents
http://cme.kff.org/Key=1650.F5w.n.D.GZPjnz

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FindLaw Daily Opinion Summaires - U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/courts/9th.html
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Cycle 38 - Day 1

Started Cycle 38 today with continuing good results. All the basic bloods counts are holding well and I'm feeling stronger each day.

We continue to take life one moment at a time and feel great about our doctors, healthcare providers and our support family.

Written while listening to This Woman's Work from the album MTV Unplugged: Maxwell by Maxwell

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January 08, 2004

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If you are interested, please drop us an e-mail at hermitage-chemo0001@mailblocks.comĀ  for more information.

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We welcome all to participate and create a online cancer community.

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Cycle 36 - Day 1

The CT scan results, like before, did not have great news nor bad news.

The previously noted enlarged lymph node between the inferior vena cava and the head of the pancreas, has slightly decreased in size. Several enlarged pericaval nodes seen in the previous study are seen, mostly unchanged.

At the liver, the previously noted large neocrotic mass in the right lobe, coalescing with small one in the vicinity is again visualized. It may have become slightly larger. Several smaller ones are also seen in the right lobe, showing little change from the previous study.

That's the "official report," which, as I said indicates that our therapy seems to have been effective in that there has not been significant growth. Likewise, we have not seen remarkable decreases in size.

In addition, my bilirubin count has been slightly high, which today isn't a concern, but, if it continues to climb, certain drugs we have not used can not be used. So, again, we change our treatment approach.

We can always return to our previous protocol of Gemzar and Taxol, but, just in case, we are going to a two month cycle of Adriamycin (see previous posting). The plan is a dose per week for 8 weeks in total. I will need to move one week, February 9-16 since I will be back in San Juan for a week of rest and writing.

The potential side-effects are detailed in the posting below. Given the previous cycles, we all feel confident that this cycle should be roughly the same as the previous 4 cycles.

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