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Blackburn W. Lowry Jr.

Annual Report - 1996-1997

Blackburn W. Lowry Jr.
Tampa, Florida

Diagnosis:
Inoperable lung cancer, 1992

Treatment:
Hyperfractionation radiation therapy, chemotherapy

Personal:
Real estate appraiser, married, three grown children

Interests:
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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