Team Jim West focuses on Friday

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By Carol A. Clark

Longtime community leader Jim West wanted to be here Friday for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event at Ashley Pond.

West can’t attend because he is battling cancer and will be going through a new treatment program in Texas.

“I will go into the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown Monday to start a new chemo therapy course,” he said in an e-mail Tuesday. “I’m told it will be much more severe and invasive and possibly damaging to my heart and kidneys.”

The former Los Alamos County Councilor describes what his new treatment entails.

“I will receive a treatment every 21 to 28 days depending on how well I’m tolerating the new chemicals,” West said. “I will have to have frequent heart and kidney monitoring by a cardiologist and nephrologists. Each treatment takes four days and I will receive three of them. If after the three treatments the cancer is gone, then they will consider a stem cell transplant. I’ll just have to wait and see.”

West has been told that he will not feel very well during the treatment. As a result, he will not be able to be in contact with the local community much for the next couple of months, he said.

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