Vital Signs: Running Out of Life's Blood

A dying patient faces a dropping blood count—and a faith that forbids transfusions.

By H. Lee Kagan|Thursday, May 28, 2009
RELATED TAGS: CANCER, BLOOD
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Jake’s prostate cancer, diagnosed 16 years earlier, was finally catching up with him. Surgery and radiation therapy, then hormonal treatments and a series of investigational drugs, had each worked for a time. But lately nothing seemed able to stop the relentless growth of his tumor. It hadn’t spread to his bones, as is common with advanced prostate cancer. Instead there was a progressive increase in size. The tumor had filled much of the space inside Jake’s bladder, blocking th...
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