Cancer Therapy Confines Maggie Daley to Wheelchair

Cancerous lesion on lower right leg has progressed

By BJ Lutz and Mary Ann Ahern
|  Thursday, Dec 3, 2009  |  Updated 12:56 PM CDT
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Radiation treatment to a cancerous lesion on Maggie Daley's right leg will keep her confined to a wheelchair for an indeterminate amount of time, her doctors said Wednesday.

"We want to minimize weight bearing on the leg until the therapy is complete," said Dr. Steve Rosen, a leading cancer specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Daley was first diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and in July of 2006 had surgery to remove a tumor in her right breast.

A biopsy on a bone lesion in her spine was done at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in April of this year.

"Mrs. Daley has been living with metastatic breast cancer for nearly a decade. It has been in remission as a result of modern therapy,"  Rosen said in a statement.  "She has been a remarkable person who continues to do wonderfully well as we continue to reassess what next steps would be best. Fortunately, the therapy has continued to evolve with new options."

Of his wife's condition, Mayor Daley said that despite her many setbacks, "she's doing very well. She's very kind and tough."

"Her commitment," he said, "is to beat this."
 

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