by Kim Priestap | March 27, 2007 10:51 am
As you probably all heard, Tony Snow went in to the hospital on Friday for additional testing. Since he previously suffered from colon cancer he is vigilant in keeping a close eye on his health. Unfortunately, the White House announced this morning that Tony’s colon cancer has returned, only this time, it’s matasticized to his liver. The story from the AP:
Presidential spokesman Tony Snow’s surgery to remove a small growth showed that his cancer has returned, the White House said Tuesday.
Snow, 51, had his colon removed in 2005 and underwent six months of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with colon cancer. A small growth was discovered last year in his lower right pelvic area, and it was removed on Monday. Doctors determined that it was cancerous, and that his cancer had metastized, or spread, to his liver, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.
She said Snow is resting comfortably after his surgery and has pledged to aggressively fight the disease with an as-yet-to-be-determined treatment course.
“He said he’s going to beat it again,” Perino said in an emotional morning briefing with White House reporters. “When I talked to him, he was in very good spirits.”
Tony has never been one to walk away from a fight. If anyone can beat this, it’s the always optimistic Tony Snow.
Update: I believe Tony doesn’t have liver cancer per se, but colon cancer of the liver. I know that sounds like splitting hairs, but I believe that they are two different things. As this site notes, if the recurring colon cancer shows up in the liver, it can be treated by having it removed. Reports have said this morning that Tony’s cancer is the size of the tip of a pinky finger:
Colon cancer may metastasize to the liver, lung, or other locations. When the site of metastasis is a single organ, such as the liver, and the cancer is confined to a single defined area within the organ, patients may benefit from local treatment directed at that single site of metastasis. The most common location of metastasis with colon cancer is the liver. Highly selected patients with isolated areas of colon cancer can be cured if the primary cancer in the colon and the isolated area of cancer outside the colon can be surgically removed. Several clinical trials have reported that isolated areas of colon cancer in the liver or lungs can be removed surgically and cured in approximately 25% of circumstances. Surgical removal of cancer can be accomplished with acceptable toxicity, even in community cancer centers, with mortality rates of approximately 2%.
Kim Priestap regularly pontificates on news and politics at Wizbang.
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