Update 2: On Saturday, August 5, 2006, the Cardinal underwent another surgery - an upper endoscopy and a flexible sigmoidoscopy at 10 a.m.
Send an electronic get-well card to Cardinal George.
Update: Cancer tests show that the surgery succeeded! Tests show no cancer remains in the Cardinal!
Original Post (7/30/2006): My cardinal, Francis Cardinal George (69 years old) of the Archdiocese of Chicago, underwent surgery this past Thursday, July 27, 2006, to treat bladder cancer that was diagnosed two weeks ago. Wednesday, July 26, Cardinal George released this statement:
"Tomorrow morning I will undergo surgery at Loyola University Medical Center to remove cancer discovered very recently in my bladder. I am informed that I can expect to make a full recovery from this cancer and the surgery to remove it. I have asked my doctors and archdiocesan officials to fully brief you after the surgery on the specifics of the operation and my recovery."
Thursday, Cardinal George went into surgery that was to remove his bladder, prostate, some lymph nodes and part of his right ureter. However, Cardinal George was taken back into a second surgery just before midnight Thursday when physicians noticed a drop in George's blood pressure and blood count. Doctors accidentally nicked an artery in the pelvis during the removal of the lymph nodes.
Cardinal George is a much more orthodox cardinal than previous ones. And, he is a very generous and amiable person. Please say a prayer for his recovery.