On Sunday, October 14, 2012, following a ten-year battle against aggressive prostate cancer and achieving five remissions, Trip Casscells passed away. The Prostate Cancer Foundation is grateful to Trip for all of his contributions to moving prostate cancer research and clinical trials forward. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife and family. A website has been set up featuring a collection of articles and videos about Trip, as well as messages from Trip's friends and family: www.tripcasscells.wordpress.com.
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In 2001 at age 49, Trip experienced lower back pain that became progressively worse. Then, he felt a lump in his abdominal area. Following consultation with a prostate cancer specialist, he was diagnosed with aggressive, metastatic prostate cancer.
During the past ten years, Trip underwent numerous treatments for his disease. He would tell anyone, “I shouldn’t be here today, but I am…” In his battle with cancer, Trip participated in at least five clinical trials. Some worked for him while others showed little benefit. As a cardiac physician, Trip valued participating in trials. He called it “blazing trails” that might not only help the participant, but will ultimately benefit thousands of future patients.
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