Wednesday, January 25, 2006

President Hinckley Recovering From Cancer Surgery

The Salt Lake Tribune continues to lead in its coverage of President Hinckley's colon cancer surgery and current condition:

LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley was in a Salt Lake City hospital Tuesday recovering from laparoscopic surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his colon, or large intestine.
"The diseased portion of the intestine was successfully removed," said LDS spokesman Dale Bills in an official statement. "It is anticipated that President Hinckley will recover rapidly and resume his normal duties."

What is next for the Prophet:

After the cancer cells are removed, the surgeon looks into the abdomen to determine if there are any other masses in the abdomen. Any suspicious growth would be evaluated by a pathologist.
But even if doctors did find the cancer had spread, it is unlikely that Hinckley would undergo the chemotherapy as a younger person might. "At his age, you would have a tough time showing some kind of advantage in that treatment," Nibley said.
Of course, President Hinckley is not your average 95 year old patient, and chemotherapy treatments have improved over the years:

Joe Eyring, a Salt Lake City colorectal surgeon, said that might not necessarily be the case.
"Chemotherapy for colon cancer has made real breakthroughs lately. Many potential therapies are available depending on [the cancer's] location and stage of development," Eyring said. "In general, 95-year-old people don't usually choose chemotherapy but there aren't many 95-year-old people in his position. This is a unique case."

As president, Hinckley has traveled to more countries than any previous LDS leader, jetting across the globe, dedicating temples and meeting with church members, government officials and the media.

More press coverage:

Deseret News

The Washington Post


As I find more news coverage I will post links to them here. Almost every major news source, including print, cable and broadcast has a version of this story; however, it is essentially the same AP story that is running here. If anyone has other updates, please feel free to share them. Please also remember President Hinckley in your prayers.


Blogger Buckeye Sculptor said...

I'm glad to see a "nice" blog for a change..some of them are pure nasty...
I enjoyed reading & wish you all the best.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 5:37:00 AM  
Blogger Guy Murray said...

Buckeye: Thank you for stopping by and for you kind comments.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 5:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read from this site about cancer recovery that someone like President Hinckley might benefit from. Anyhow, do you have any idea whether this might be a credible source?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 4:02:00 AM  

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