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Blackburn W. Lowry Jr.

Annual Report - 1996-1997

Blackburn W. Lowry Jr.
Tampa, Florida

Inoperable lung cancer, 1992

Hyperfractionation radiation therapy, chemotherapy

Real estate appraiser, married, three grown children

Sailing, golf, daily walks, dancing

"I was told in the summer of 1992 that I had inoperable lung cancer and there was nothing to do about it. But my wife Cletia and I knew about M. D. Anderson's reputation, so we went there as fast as we could. After a team of experts evaluated my si tuation, I learned about an experimental study that would be very aggressive. By then, the tumor had pressed on a nerve leading to my voicebox and I couldn't talk. Over the next few months, I had several cycles of radiation twice a day because this hype rfractionation approach lets you take higher doses each time. I also took two types of chemotherapy to enhance the radiation's effects and destroy any cancer that may have spread. During that time, my wife took charge of everything. Eventually, I did r egain my voice. There aren't enough words to describe how wonderful my main doctor at M. D. Anderson is. I'm probably her most satisfied customer."

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