Benz Update

July 24, 1991

The Rev. Bert Benz said yesterday that the aftereffects of intensiveradiation and chemotherapy are worse than he had expected.

Still,doctors are pleased with his progress, Benz's mother, Martha McLaughlin, said from his room at the Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky, in Lexington.

"He has to go through this bad time before he gets better," McLaughlin said of her son, who is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Hampstead.

Benz, 47, has chronic myelogenic leukemia. He received a bone marrow transplant Friday after doctors removed more than a quart ofthe substance from his daughter, Lauren, 12.

Lauren was released from the hospital Monday and is doing well, Benz said. He now must wait two weeks to see whether his body accepts Lauren's marrow. Benz isenduring the effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments that destroyed his cancerous marrow before the transplant.

"It's just a matter of being patient," he said. "I have big terrible sores in my mouth, and my tongue is swollen to about three times what it should be."

Linda Benz has been staying overnight with her husband in his isolated room, where he is allowed only immediate family as visitors because of his vulnerability to infection.

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