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    Hello everyone.

    It is with a loving heart that I inform you that my wonderful husband, Kevin Murphy passed away April 13th at 4:40 am. Even until 3:00 am, he was still working on some projects for work. He died peacefully and in comfort in his sleep with just myself and the hospital chaplain by his side.

    Kevin never saw the cancer as a battle but as a journey. Even at the end, with some internal complications (high level of oxygen and bleo nodules) and his BHCG was > 200K, he never gave up hope. We were calling CU Health Science center to see if he qualified for a phase I clinical trial, while we researched the next set of chemo to try. He chose to leave Thursday morning under his own will. He was expected to live for another few weeks at least. He just decided to sneak on out on his own terms.

    Kevin will be remembered by many who loved him. Also, I plan to help remember him by trying to fund a study Avastin to be used in chemo for folks who have had stem cell/high dose chemo failure.

    Kevin was a true pioneer for testicular cancer, doing things nobody else had, with Avastin and Cyberknife that killed a 5 inch tumor in his right lung.

    I just want to say thanks to everyone for all the love and support over the last 2 years. It is greatly appreciated.

    Wife of Kevin Murphy
    Diagnosed 7/16/04 100% Choriocarcinoma
    Oriechtomy 7/20/04
    4xBEP 8/04-11/04 BHCG:1200 (lung only)
    Rediagnosed 12/27/04 BHCG: 50
    1xVIP 1/05 (lung)
    HDC/Stem cell Indiana 2/05-4/05 BHCG: 51-4.5 (lung)
    HDC failure 5/05
    3xGemzar/Taxol 6/05-9/05 (lung only)
    VP-16 w/Avastin 9/05-1/06 (lung only)
    Cyberknife 5" lung tumor 2/06
    cyberknife 6 brain tumors 3/06
    1xOxaliplatnin 3/06 (liver, lungs, kidneys, left hip)
    Passed away 4/13/2006

  • #2
    We at this forum all mourn with you. It's a terrible loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.
    Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

    Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.


    • #3

      So sorry to hear the news. You have my sympathy, thoughts, and prayers.

      Right I/O 4/22/1988
      RPLND 6/20/1988
      Left I/O 9/17/2003

      Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will; to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.


      • #4
        I'm so sorry, Patti. My condolences and best wishes to you and all of Kevin's family.
        right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since

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        • #5
          I'm so sorry for your loss


          I have read all of your posts becasue your husbands bout with TC has been ver similiar to my husbands and I just wante to tell you that I'm so sorry for your loss. I know that your husand fought hard and I will be thinking of you and praying for you and your family. I really am truly sorry.

          Erin (caregiver)
          Hubby Stage IIIC Diagnosed 10/27/05,
          HCG 512,000 AFP 636 LDH 1012, I&O 10/28/05
          1 x EP, 2 x VIP, then 2 x BEP (10/31/05-1/06)
          Sterotactic Radiation to two brain tumors 12/05
          Sterotactic Radiation to new brain tumor 4/4/06
          Whole brain radiation 4/15 -5/18/06
          Tandem High dose chemo and stem cell 6/5/06-7/31/06 - markers normalized
          RPLND with 9cm x 24 cm abd mass removal 9/14/06 - Only teratoma and necrotic tissue removed
          Currently on surveillance


          • #6
            my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. the fight your husband chose will continue because of his vigilance for this disease. we are all better today because of people like your husband. thanks for all you have done!
            diagnosed 01/15/2005 bi-lateral seminoma stage IIa,4cm lymph node, right I/O & partial left I/O mar/2005, 18 days of radiation, remaining left I/O- aug/2005, surveillance, Wife did IVF oct/2005, DAD OF BABY GIRL born 08-02-2006!!! testosterone implants May 2008


            • #7
              So sorry to hear this news. Like others have said, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
              Diagnosed 10/03/03
              I/O 10/15/03
              RPLND 1/21/04
              Completed the Boston Marathon 4/19/05
              Completed the Boston Marathon 4/17/06
              Baby Riley born on 3/29/09

              2012 Livestrong Challenge Web page


              • #8
                Please know we are all wishing you peace and will be praying for you and your family....Mary Ellen


                • #9
                  I'm crying.
                  Spouse: I/O 8/80; embryonal, seminoma, teratoma; RPLND 9/80 - no reoccurrence - HRT 8/80; bladder cancer 11/97; reoccurrence: 4X
                  Son: I/O 11/04; embryonal, teratoma; VI; 3XBEP; relapse 5/08; RPLND 6/18/08 - path: mature teratoma


                  • #10
                    Deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
                    Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.


                    • #11
                      My heart aches for you and your family. May God bring you peace.
                      Mother of TC survivor.
                      Son, Josh 20, diagnosed Jan. 24, 2005. Left Orchiechtomy Jan.31, 2005. 4XBPE March 7th to May 28th 2005.


                      • #12

                        I am very sorry to hear this. I would like to see only good news on this forum and when i read things like this i have tears in my eyes and it takes a couple days before i come back to read. You have my sympathys. I think Kevin was a man of courage and a lucky guy to have you to support him like this.
                        Sorry for my poor english

                        Stage 1 seminoma in august 2001
                        with invaded spermatic chord and treated with RT
                        Relapse november 2005, 4 BEP and now back to surveillance