Guarneri Violinist Fights Cancer

November 21, 2008 at 04:31 AM ·

"Guarneri String Quartet second violinist John Dalley, 73, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo radiation treatment January 15, says the group’s manager Mary Lynn Fixler, vice president of Herbert Barrett Management. The Guarneris, who are wrapping up their 45th and final season, will continue their schedule while Dalley treats his condition with hormones until January 13. Dalley will then receive radiation treatment five times a week, for four to six weeks. The group plans to resume its farewell tour in the spring and will make up for the missed dates at the start of the 2009–10 season, Fixler says." - All Things Strings

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November 21, 2008 at 05:54 AM ·

Hi Paul,

Thanks for sharing this news. The quartet world is really having a tough year. Hope and wish for Mr.Dalley's speady recovery and all the best for his family.


November 21, 2008 at 03:17 PM ·

That is really sad.  Since he will get very aggressive treatment, his cancer must be very bad.  I will send good wishes and hopes for a successful outcome to the patient, his family, and the other members of the quartet.

November 21, 2008 at 04:39 PM ·

Pauline - at least from what the article tells me, it is not clear how bad the cancer is.  If it were really bad, it would probably have spread beyond the prostate, and, in that case, he would be getting hormone treatment rather than radiation treatment.  The treatment he is receiving is one of the standard treatments for prostate cancer that doctors think or hope is still confined to the prostate.  So, based on what we can glean from the article, his cancer is probably not that bad.  We'll see.

November 21, 2008 at 05:02 PM ·

agree that we probably should not read too much from so little info.  based on autopsy studies,  most men over 80 develop prostate c  and most will not  have symptoms.  so yes, our turns shall come! :) 

the other thing to bear in mind is that the older the onset, the less aggressive the disease course tends to be,,,


November 21, 2008 at 05:34 PM ·

This is just awful. I had a few lessons with Mr. Dalley when I was at UMD, and he was just wonderful. He was demanding, but very nice and always willing to give you extra time if he could. I remember one lesson that he had to cut a tiny bit short and said that next time the quartet was teaching I could sign up for an extra lesson time (which, at UMD, was more valuable than gold).

Hopefully he'll make a speedy recovery.

November 21, 2008 at 06:33 PM ·

Usually 80% of men in their 70's are diagnosed w/prostate cancer.Prostate cancer is one of the biggest killers of men,yet it is one of the slowest growing cancers.       I have prostate cancer and was supposed to be dead 12 months ago.I am 61.    My PSA  is well over 100 and they don't even measure it anymore.   Am under no pain at all and can still play the violin,walk,travel and make love.........Sooner or later it will hit though,it usually travels to the bone,causing deterioration of all bone cells ,resulting in tons of pain---which only morphine will alleviate.........................So,eventually you become addicted to morphine and subsequently your kidney and liver cease to function---causing death........BUT MUSIC HELPS  !!!!!!!!!          And a generally happy attitude helps also..........                                                 


November 21, 2008 at 07:23 PM ·


   I had the very same treatment six years ago and i have had no after effects  since then.  the treatments take only a few minutes and are  absolutely paniless. the only drag was having to drive to the cancer center every day for eight weeks.

                                                                                       ken barry

November 21, 2008 at 09:01 PM ·

Nine years ago I had 102 radioactive seeds put in my cancerous prostate. Two months agothey gave me a new fangled MRI exam to see why my PSA was slowly creeping up andthat plus a bone scan showed no cancer return. Two weeks ago they knocked me out and did a rather extensive biopsy and the results showed absolutely no cancer return. The treatments for prostate cancer now are way more successful than even just a few years ago. They can even take it out with minimally invasive robotic surrgery. Other treatments include laser and cryosurgery and some newfangled gizmo in Canada using heat that is quite successful.

A local cancer specialist friend told me that drinking Pomegranite juice has, for some people,eliminated prostate and lung cancer. His statement was backed up by a medical school doing research on that.

 We, of course, wish him a rapid, cancer free recovery.

November 22, 2008 at 04:57 AM ·

Ray,   you Must have 'paid' dearly for your radioactive seeds,in fact,you MUST have----but you may have been lucky in this regard   !....................................I've NEVER heard of anyone who obtains a prostate free cancer recovery.............     IE   a   PSA      count   of     00.0...........    You must be an exception  to this regard------CONGRATULATIONS    !!!!!!!!!!

November 22, 2008 at 04:32 PM ·

Actually the reason for all these high-fallutin' tests was the PSA slowly going up. The Urologist wanted to put me on hormones to get it down but the world class radiologist doc at the Siteman Cancer Center here in St. louis said "is he nuts?" The PSA was going up because it's enlarged and had a two inch kidney stone in the bladder, nothing more than that.After the seeds were put in nine years ago my wife, two kids, and even the dog had to wear radiation badges for a month to make sure they weren't getting any undue rads. They weren't.The siteman Cancer Center tests showed zero cancer and the large number of biopsies taken showed zero cancer return so the radioactive seeds worked very well. However, the latest technology, among others that they say work very well, is robotic surgery for removal.The Siteman doctors told me that the women pushing breast cancer research are semi barking up the wrong tree as heart disease, they said, kills up to 40% more women than breast cancer.

November 22, 2008 at 07:57 PM ·

When you say hormones what are you refering to? Did you ever try Flomax or Proscar?

November 22, 2008 at 09:23 PM ·

Lupron is the hormone of choice.

November 23, 2008 at 08:34 PM ·

I don't know a thing about cancer, but it breaks my heart to hear that any great artist is suffering under any mality.... especially when they have brought beauty and culture to us all. Remember him in your prayers, and hope for the best.

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