Phil Leadbetter, affectionately known as "Uncle Phil" is Bluegrass Music's favorite dobro uncle. Phil has been battling cancer for a while now and benefits, concerts and other events are taking place to help him with his enormous medical expenses. In March of last year, he was diagnosed with the disease and he and his medical team have been fighting to find the right mix of chemo to get control. Thursday, Phil reported that the team has found a new chemo treatment and that the cancer is responding to it.
Phil was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last year. Upon rounds of chemotherapy, his condition was thought to be under control and he could begin a stem cell transplant program. However, a new drug that was given to aid in the process had reverse effects and the cancer cells, thought to be in remission, multiplied.
Thursday, Phil commented, "Found out today that my cancer is responding very well to my new chemo, and a large portion of it is gone. What remains has shrunk by almost 50% in size and is being killed by the chemo. Gonna have 2 more rounds of chemo, then another PET scan. Starting to see some daylight. Thanks for all the prayers, and give God the glory!"
Obviously, any treatment that takes months and months is also expensive and, in Phil's case, that is certainly true. There have been many benefits to help with his mounting medical bills and even his label, Pinecastle, is offering Phil Leadbetter Benefit Packages of his albums and music.
Others may also contribute to assist Phil at the Uncle Phil Fund website. Anything at all will certainly help.
The important thing is that Phil is starting to see some positive results after his numerous disappointments. This one looks very good. The prayers, wishes, support and contributions have been of great assistance to Phil. We wish him a speedy cure so he can enjoy his family and playing the resonator guitar some more.