James Murphy of Testament and Death Needs Help in Brain Tumor Fight

11/16/2011
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(Rock News Desk) Former Testament and Death guitarist James Murphy fought off a brain tumor in 2001 but now he reports it's come back. Murphy says a recent MRI scan showed his tumour had "only grown a little" meaning surgery or radiation therapy was not necessary in the short term. Doctors have increased the dosage of his hormone inhibitor drugs but the side effects make it nearly impossible for him to work and he admits he could face bankruptcy if he stops.

His only option to stave off descent into a vicious debt cycle is a switch to drugs which won't knock him off his feet. But that would cost $1000 a month for six months."Simply put, five pills of my current med per day, spread throughout the day for maximum benefit, keep me fatigued and nauseous," Murphy tells Rock News Desk. "The alternative drug is much, much more expensive, but it's meant to work better, have less side-effects per pill, and I'd have to take far fewer pills per week to get the same benefit.

"Changing is a no-brainer: it would return me to normal functionality, more or less. The cost is the issue." Find out how you can help

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