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So in desperation he was given this drug suggested by
Dr. Eugene Cohen, and -- the doctor at Einstein -- and within three
weeks the tumor had shrunk sufficiently so that he no longer was
obstructed and could urinate perfectly well.
In the meantime, he got an infection and had a sub-acute
bacterial endocarditis, for which he had to reain in the hospital
nearly eight weeks, with 20 million units of penicillin a day
So he'd had a very hard time, starting in '67. He recovered
from this and seemed to be in quite good health and remained on this
drug. Four years ago, no, a year ago last fall, 1971, he got
another urinary obstruction, and it was evident that these tumors
had progressed and were obstructing him again. He had an operation
at this time which was very difficult for him but he did survive it,
but it was evident that the value of the drug had disappeared as
far as controlling the tumors went.
Last spring, '72, he had some cobalt treatments, but they
seemed to do him really no good whatever, and I began to cast about
to see what could be given him that would give him another remission.
He had already been the beneficiary of four years of fairly good
His heart condition hadn't progressed?
His heart condition wasn't any better but it hadn't gotten
much worse. But he couldn't handle a regular prostate operation
and have the whole tumor removed. He had a section taken out.
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