It's been a blur here at Patient Power as we produce 7-8 hours of new talk shows each week with some of the nation's most credible health and medical experts.

And there are some recurring themes worth talking about.

One is the idea of "personalized medicine " – identifying not just what disease or condition you have but the subtype, and then giving you a treatment for that subtype that might be different from what is offered to someone with the a little different version of the "same" diagnosis. The hope is that will lead to the use of medicines that are exactly on target for what you need, spare you ineffective or toxic therapies (with harmful side effects), and give you the best chance of cure - or at least controlling the condition well.

Recent guests like Dr. David Nathan, a renowned physician at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and leukemia expert Dr. Jeffrey Lancet at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa say scientists are now seeing an explosion in their understanding of the biology of cancer, for example, and other illnesses too. The next step is to develop medicines that leverage that understanding to turn off cancer cells or other cells that cause inflammation, as another example. That means we need the drug companies to make investment in therapies that will be just right – but for fewer people. Maybe they'd do that if there could be an appropriate return on investment for their shareholders. But the problem today is many drug companies and the FDA don't exactly get along. Sure, there should be a tension, but sometimes it's so adversarial that the drug approval process becomes too expensive. As Dr. Nathan points out, we'll need real leadership to break down these barriers so that we, the healthcare consumer, can count on targeted therapies being available as more and more of us need them.

Another theme that keeps coming up is access to healthcare. We've got so many people who have no insurance or are under-insured. And there are many who just don't know where to go for care or when. We also have the problem of people getting care, having a serious diagnosis change their life, and then having no access to additional support to help them develop a plan for how to go on with their life with a serious , long-term illness. Recent programs that tackled this include my interview with Lovell Jones, Ph.D. from M.D. Anderson on minority health issues, Carol Engelhard on our "broken" healthcare system, and Bonnie Letinich and Gerri Haynes on palliative care to help non-hospice patients live better.

Then there are our trend programs. For example, could we have a return to family practice doctors making house calls? I recently hosted two hours on that topic. Microsoft is one company trying it out for their employees and dependents on an after-hours basis. Will other companies follow? And will health plans follow-suit?

As we move forward, we welcome your suggestions for new topics. In the meantime, we have over 300 hours of programs here for you. I don't think there's another source like it anywhere so please tell your friends and family!

In the meantime, I want to thank loyal sponsors that include The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and my dear friends in and around my hometown of Seattle: the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, University of Washington Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Evergreen Healthcare, and Franciscan Health System. Maybe like Starbucks or Microsoft our little innovation from this far corner of the country can have big impact. I hope you'll support that!