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RIP Randy Pausch


Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture" (given on September 18, 2007)

Pausch has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.[7][8] and underwent a Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) on September 19, 2006 in an unsuccessful attempt to halt his pancreatic cancer.[9] He was told in August 2007 to expect a remaining three to six months of good health. He soon moved his family back down to Virginia.

On March 13, 2008, Pausch advocated for greater federal funding for pancreatic cancer before the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.[10] In the week prior to this, he had been hospitalized in order to have needle aspiration of pleural effusion in his right lung.

On May 2, 2008, a PET scan showed that he had very tiny (5mm or less) metastases in his lungs and some lymph nodes in his chest. He also had some metastases in his peritoneal and retroperitoneal cavities.

On June 26, 2008, Pausch indicated that he was considering stopping further chemotherapy because of the potential adverse side effects. He is, however, considering some immunuo-therapy based approaches.[2]

On July 24, 2008, on behalf of Pausch, his friend(anonymous) posted a message on Pausch's webpage indicating cancer progression further than what was expected from recent PET scans and Pausch becoming more sick than ever. It was announced that his family had sent him into a hospice program - palliative care to those at the end of life.[3]

On July 25, 2008, it was announced by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America that Randy Pausch had passed away the night before.

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