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Showing posts from April 11, 2010

Here's looking at year five in my path

Thought:  More people are surviving the four most common cancers in England, according to official data. Five-year survival rates for ... | | Five-year survival rates for breast, lung, prostate and colon cancer have risen, a round-up from the British Office for National Statistics showed. More patients were still alive after five years if they were diagnosed between 2003 and 2007 than if they were diagnosed between 2001 and 2006. Because I am in the USA, of course, my case is not in this data, but I am looking forward to the 5-year cancer survival mark in March 2011.

What can patients do to get the best and the most out of visits with their doctors?

My own personal experience with doctors and hospitals is probably typical for any cancer survivor, but not typical for someone who has not had a life-threatening experience. Depending upon where you are in life, this story may provide helpful understanding of a key relationship that may save your life as it did mine. clipped from Patients- Against-Lymphoma What can patients do to get the best and the most out of visits with their doctors? The M.D.: Communication is key to every office visit -
www.latimes.comWhen it comes to doctors, people tend to be strongly opinionated. Some patients adore their physicians and feel they can do no wrong. Others complain about the doctors they see — for keeping them waiting, ...

Gene Wilder Reprises the Role of 'Survivor'

"If you out live your doctor, you're cured. " ~ Gene Wilder (NHL survivor)

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From a 2005 story: "The story of Gene Wilder's life is filled with comedy, but ultimately it is not funny. The light stuff is immortalized in the films that turned Wilder into one of the great comic actors of his day -- "The Producers," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Young Frankenstein," to name a few. The rest of it is pretty dark, and Wilder remembers the day the darkness settled in. | At 71, he has the relieved and slightly haggard look of a survivor, which in some regards is what he is. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1999, Wilder is today in total remission. | "I'm one of the lucky ones," he says. The unruly reddish hair now looks nearly blea…

Revisiting my faithful and helpful friend Levaquin

Continuously since my stem cell transplant in August 2007 the most serious annoying consequence of my successful remission from mantle cell lymphoma has been bronchial and respiratory issues. And during the last year that I returned to work (Aug. 2008 until Aug. 2009), the frequency of colds and stronger respiratory issues was nearly monthly and precipitated my selection of early retirement.

The only remedy of any value has been an antibiotic, namely a drug known as Levaquin. But there is more than one dilemma with this intervention. Chief is that my health insurance will not cover the drug without a doctor's visit and evidence of a chest x-ray. But what do you do about that at midnight? What's more, every time I have a chest x-ray, the result is negative, but the hacking and sleep-depriving cough is obvious. Such is the justification to order the prescription solo without the insurance approval and to pay the $165 co-pay for a week supply.

More about Levaquin: The drug …