Friday Review and News

Washing the dogs

Washing the dogs

I am very busy this week promoting a new project that I hope will further unite and highlight our cancer blogging community.  This is very exciting.  Other bloggers I have contacted are excited as well.  I will be writing more about this in the coming weeks.

I just discovered that my Cancer Blog Links page is frozen.  I noticed a problem after I upgraded my WordPress software.  The page data would not appear in “Visual” format, only in HTML.  This was hassle.  But I figured I could enter new data in HTML code.  This is just more tedious and takes longer.  However, when I tried to enter some new sites, the page was changed in the HTML view but changes were not reflected on the actual page that you see when you click on the tab.  I will go back to WordPress support forums.  If any of you are techno-savy and have suggestions, please don’t hesitate.

I have some travel plans approaching.  I will have to figure out how to maintain the site from a distance.  Next week I am going to Las Vegas (first time) to speak to a group of people from the biotech company, Genzyme.  They are now the U.S.marketers of my miracle drug, Campath (alemtuzumab).

In a couple of weeks we are traveling to Boston to deliver baby presents from the shower we are hosting here in Indianapolis.  Nathan and Coppelia are expecting twin girls in December.  From there we are flying to Ireland for a week.  We have friends on sabbatical there and so have a place to stay.  I still had enough “miles” from my pre-cancer life to purchase a free ticket.  Hopefully, I will have some interesting posts and photos to share.

Healthcare Overhaul:

Fridays continue to be temporarily devoted to the healthcare debate.  I bring your attention again to the best and most complete resource I have found.  An online guide to following the health care legislation. – By Timothy Noah – Slate Magazine

As I have said before, healthcare reform should involve a lot more than just insurance reform.  In an article on CNN, however, we see how the current payer system imposes changes on how physisicans practice medicine, everything from the inefficiency of multiple, non-standardized forms to how payment for services vare paid for results in multiple visits to the physician’s offices.  How insurers meddle in your medical care – Sep. 24, 2009

On a lighter note, a move by a Canadian cancer organization to extend their appeal for breast health to a younger audience resulted in the racy ad “Save the Boobs”.  A controversy ensued.  To watch this video, one by Susan B Komen organization, and a lively discussion by a group of young women, click on Video – Breaking News Videos from

The Wall Street Journal recently published a report suggesting that business leaders, traditionally allied with Republican platforms, are showing signs of breaking ranks.  Many business are supporting some form of healthcare reform because costs for them are just getting too out of control.  Overhaul Divides Business and Its Traditional GOP Allies –

Want some odea of how much money health insurance gianrts make?  Check out this NYT article: How Much Money Do Insurance Companies Make? A Primer – Economix Blog –

Are prices charged by hospitals for ER services for the uninsured fair?  Look at this “60 Minutes” report:  Hospitals: Is the Price Right? – 60 Minutes – CBS News

Finally from NPR: What The ‘Gang Of Six’ Wants From Health Care Bill : NPR

Complicated enough for you?  It’s a big problem that demands a big solution.  Please educate yourself and contact your representatives in Congress (see “Healthcare Reform” tab for more resources).


About Dennis Pyritz

Dennis W. Pyritz, RN, BA, BSN, has been a cancer nurse since 1987 and a cancer and bone marrow transplant survivor since 2004. In December 2001 he was diagnosed with t-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), a rare aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Dennis was treated with the then new monoclonal antibody, alemtuzumab (Campath) as this disease has a median survival of 7.5 months. He achieved a 26 month remission but relapsed in February 2004. He was retreated with Campath and went into a second remission. In August 2004 he underwent an allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplant with his brother, Mark, as donor. Dennis has remained in remission since - a near miracle. Throughout his career as cancer nurse and patient, Dennis has had the opportunity to speal to both lay and professional groups. Dennis has spoken on cancer topics and survival issues across the country as well as in the United Kingdom, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyrpus, Israel, and India.


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