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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-07-14 02:57
Subject: [links] Link salad sees fireflies, looks for Mal Reynolds
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Tags:art, cancer, cool, culture, health, links, personal, process, science
Tactile Topography — Oooh, cool. (Snurched from Interrupting Gelastic Jew.)

A methodology for creating new ideas — More art blogging, but with specific applicability to writing. (Snurched from Drawn!.)

WHO says new flu "unstoppable", calls for vaccine — Hmm.

The Avastin Paradox — Of interest to me because this is one of the drugs proposed for my upcoming chemotherapy.

When the Fugitive Is a Family Member — Interesting stuff. I find myself pretty hard line on this, in terms of not thinking family members should be sheltered from prosecution.

?otD: Coffee, tea or me?

Body movement: 65 minute suburban walk (Big Papio Trail in Omaha)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (travelling)
Currently reading: Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2009-07-14 15:17 (UTC)
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Re Avastin--we've had to deal with these concerns with DS's Crohn's, albeit with a different medication. Remicade is not a cheap medication, and once you start it, you can't stop it, for fear of provoking an allergic reaction if you have to restart it. But, for his Crohn's--it was and is a lifesaver. It has been scary, though--he started on it before it was approved for under 18s (he was 16 at the time) and it was cutting-edge at that time. There's also some scary possible side-effects including a particular systemic form of cancer (lymphoma). But given that the other Crohn's medications at that time didn't work on him--there wasn't a lot of choice. They've tried different cocktails on him but now he's pretty much down to plain Remicade, with a premedication of Tylenol and Benadryl.
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