Connie started APeX in May, 2008
June, 2008 - "Laboratory studies show a markedly improved white count and hemoglobin and platelets counts that are stable.
July, 2008 - "Appetite has improved. She is less depressed. Tapering off her pain meds. Her white count is satisfactory. Her CA-15-3 shows a slight upward creep to 123."
August 2008 - "She is no longer having problems with depression, chills, bleeding, bruising or other toxic symptoms; minor signs or symptoms of disease."
September, 2008 - "Laboratory studies reveal a white count of 300, slight reduction of CA-15-3.
October, 2008 - "CA-15-3 is holding steady, now right around the 100 level. Her pain control is excellent and she is tapering off her pain meds."
November , 2008 - "For the present we are going to not plan imaging studies, as with a dropping CA - 15-3 ( 73 ) and improving pain complex, the disease appears to be responding quite nicely."
December, 2008 - "Tumor marker CA-15-3 continues to drop, more rapidly now, and is at 45. Her only complaint now is occasional headaches. She is gradually tapering off the H2 blocker."
The APeX Team met with Connie in January 2009. She drove herself to the meeting. She appeared robust and full of energy.
Frank B., Portland, OR Stage 4 Mesothelioma**Portland, OR. Given 2 to 3 Months by VA Hospital - now at 30 months and counting. Off portable oxygen after three months.
** = Available for interview - More will be available for review as
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