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May 30, 2017
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Dear friends: as most of you know, our father, Alex Klein, was admitted to the hospital on Friday, March 17, 2017. Although the diagnosis is evolving, it appears he has a mass in the brain, that is a metastasis of a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (the rarer and much less aggressive form of pancreatic cancer). I've created this site to keep people updated without long email chains.
A little more than a month after this initial, shocking diagnosis, I am sorry to say that my father's cancer is quite advanced and progressing rapidly. Although he underwent a successful removal of the brain tumor, the pancreatic cancer is also present in liver, lungs and residually in the brain; in the past few weeks he has been in and out of the hospital twice, including a bout with pneumonia, pulmonary embolisms, a deep vein thrombosis in one leg, and the insertion of a IVC filter to prevent further blood clots. It seems like the end is not so distant. Your thoughts and well wishes are much appreciated; for locals, if a visit is possible, get in touch and I hope we can arrange it.
In the early pre-dawn hours of Tuesday, May 30, 2017, Alex Klein passed away. It may interest you to know that his father Lester died on May 30, 1990. From May 19, when he first was willing to be treated with painkillers, he went into a rapid decline - there is no reason to think the end was anything other than easy and painless. These last months have not been the death he would have chosen - but still, he was at home, cared for, and saw loved ones. For those who wish to remember him in a group, there will be a memorial at his home on Sunday, June 4 at 2pm.