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    Oh No (Initial diagnosis): Kidney cancer diagnosed in November 1988. Told he would die within two or three months; inoperable. Then MRI showed tumor was operable, and it was removed successfully. Excellent recovery.

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    Loss (Lost loved one): Husband died six weeks after the clinical trial failed. His quality of life remained good until the last two weeks. He died on August 3, 1998, after a week in hospital and a week in hospice. This was nearly 10 years after diagnosis predicted he would die early in 1989.

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    Decision Point (trial failed): In late June of 1998 the clinical trial failed, and we returned to Denver. Husband decided to have no further treatment.

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    Side Effects (cognitive difficulties due to brain radiation): A year or 18 months after brain radiation, my husband's cognitive abilities declined. He had several alarming episodes of being unable to speak. He could no longer drive safely, and his personality eroded. Physical quality of life was still good.

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    Clinical Trial (bryostatin 1 (novel drug still in testing)): "Commuted" from Denver to Dallas to MD Anderson in Houston to participate in small clinical trial when cancer metastasized to rib in November 1997.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Many "medical adventures" but no medications until clinical trial.): Watch and wait for lung mets, surgical repair for incision, brain tumor successfully resected, brain radiation. Excellent outcomes, excellent quality of life.