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Cardinal George to Undergo Chemotherapy

Four month course of treatment begins next week



    Cardinal Francis George made his first public comments Friday after he was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. (Published Friday, Aug. 24, 2012)

    Cardinal Francis George will begin chemotherapy next week to treat cancer found in his liver and kidney earlier this month.

    According to an Archdiocese news release, George met with Loyola doctors on Monday, who consulted with his Mayo Clinic doctors to determine the best course of treatment.

    Doctors found a nodule on the Cardinal's liver that contained cancerous cells, along with cancer in his right kidney.

    George will begin six sessions of chemo on September 5, with each session running three weeks (two weeks of chemo, one week of recuperation).

    The Cardinal addressed reporters on Friday for the first time since his diagnosis and managed to joke about the possibility of chemo, saying that it might have the reverse effect and cause his hair to grow back.

    The Catholic leader has been through this before, beating bladder cancer six years ago.

    "I thought I had licked this," George said at Friday's news conference.

    According to the Archdiocese, the Cardinal plans to maintain a regular work schedule during the four-month course of treatment, but his public schedule will be reduced by half during the weeks he's not receiving chemo.