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From: jimben

To: myrnalu

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:24 pm

Subject: Re: Hi Jim

I just wanted to let you know that Jim passed away at 2:09 this morning. He has been in and out of the hospital three times these last 2 weeks. The tumor growing in his trachea proved to be too much to overcome. He was admitted Sunday night. They kept him sedated and comfortable so he wasn't gasping for breath or having any pain. He quietly just quit breathing while asleep. Our sons and I were able to be there for the whole time giving him and each other love and moral support. I just wanted you all to know how much you all meant to him. When he came home from work, the first thing he would do was check to see what was going on in this group. You were a great morale boost for him. Thank you so very much for being there for him.

Kandy Bennett


Age 61, Dx...7/03, Stage IV, Left lung with Mets to Right lung and Lymphs, no other Hot spots seen on Pet or Brain CT

4 cycles Gemcitabine/Carboplatin..good shrinkage

2 cycles Docetaxel..good shrinkage on first cycle, growth during second

8 weeks Iressa..growth

2 cycles of Topotecan/Vinorelbine, another failure

Two cycles of Alimta....stable

2 mo. chemo break

Growth again

Started Cisplatin/CPT-11

After 2 cycles..75% Shrinkage "Yippee"

After 4 cycles..50% Shrinkage "Yahoo"

After 6 cycles..success continues "WOW"

4-05 After 8 cycles, stable, taking 2 mo. break

6-05 NERD (Remission) following the break Next CT scan August 05

8-05 Ooops, Tumor Growth in Lymph Node, starting Gemcitabine and Carboplatin again...Lets Hope!!!

Welp, that didn't work, now lets try a new Trial with a combination of Velcade and Celecoxib

Trial fell thru, didn't qualify, moving on

Became a candiate for radiation treatment of the one remaining Tumor..LETS HOPE

10-05 18 rounds of aggressive Radiation

12-05 New Tumors popped up, starting Carbo, Taxol & Avastin

1-06 Essentially stable after two cycles, continuing on...

3-06 Mixed response,(3 shrank a tad, one grew a tad) dropping to Avastin only

4-06 Progression again, stopping Avastin, starting Tarceva, running out of options....

6-06 Tarceva working, slight shrinkage of all tumors/nodules

Tarceva stopped working..darn

Trying for a Trial at Duke...each day gets harder

Still "Fish'n and working full time"

Photo "My Shadow" fishing with GrandPa, this year's big catch!

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