Update on Cardinal George's Cancer Condition
Friday, March 7, 2014
Cardinal George has met with his medical team who has recommended a new regime of chemotherapy to address current signs of activity of cancer cells surrounding his right kidney.
The Cardinal was diagnosed with urothelial cancer in August 2012 and underwent chemotherapy at that time. The cancer, dormant for well over a year, is still confined to the area of his right kidney.
After extensive testing, scans, biopsies and diagnosis, it was agreed that the best course of action is for the Cardinal to enter into a regimen of chemotherapy, with drugs more aggressive than those used in the first round but for a more limited duration initially.
Cardinal George intends to maintain his administrative and public schedule during this current round of chemotherapy, although it may occasionally be reduced because of lowered immunity.
As he prepares for this next round of chemotherapy, the Cardinal has spoken directly about this new stage in his life journey in a portion of his column, “Lent: Taking Stock of our Lives,” in the current issue of the Catholic New World, www.catholicnewworld.com.