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July 1, 2007

Do You Have Medical Insurance? - Postscript

I've never added a PS to an entry, but I thought this would be appropriate. After posting my gripe, I watched an interview on Larry King with Michael Moore about his new film "Sicko". I have never been a fan of Michael Moore, but the guy came across as sincere and intelligent. His comments about the health industry were so on target. A review of his movie said it was pot-stirring documentation and incredibly persuasive. I may even have to go see it. We are the only "free" country without universal health care and rank either 38th or 39th in the world for health care. Kind of shocking. He states it is part our fault that we keep voting for people that won't fix the problem. How true. I thought this deserved a PS. I hope you agree.

Posted by Robert at 5:15 AM | Comments (0)

July 27, 2007

Bad Cat Scan

After a relatively quiet four months of no drugs, I anticiated this cat scan would most likely put me back on Avastin at least. I got a clue from the NP in her routine exam when she said my CEA tumor marker had jumped from 25 to over 100. The doctor was rather quick to point out that with continued growth we needed to start the Avastin again for 3 treatments over 6 weeks and by blood test know if we had stopped the growth. The big problem is my right liver lobe. We were at a measurement of 1.8 x 1.3 when se stopped the drugs. We went to 2.8 x 2.2 in May and this scan was 3.5 x 2.5. Not a real big deal but it does make me wonder why we went the four months. Can new chemotherapy be far ahead? Okay, this is pretty much what I expected. I got my usual copy of the radiology report and read it when I got home, and did I get a shock. The first thing I read was a nogule adjacent to the suture line on the colon that is suspicious of carcinoma with a size of 2.2 x 1.9. Gads!!! If that was not enough in reading further I came across a statement of coronary artery calcification and recomment clinical correlation for coronary artery disease. Double gads!!! Why didn't the doctor mention this? Needless to say, I made anappointment with my family doctor to discuss all this. I am both a little angry or upset, take your pick, and also really depressed at this point. I have my treatment start next Tuesday and will go from there to see my family doctor. I issue an update next week on prognosis or whatever. Cheery bit of news, right? Until next week, good health to all of you.

Posted by Robert at 2:48 AM | Comments (0)