ATLANTA 21 October 1999 - SAPA-AP

ARCHBISHOP UNDERGOES SURGERY TO SEE IF CANCER HAS SPREAD

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu underwent two hours of surgery Thursday to determine whether his prostate cancer has spread to other parts of his body. Tutu, who is now a theology professor at Emory University, was in surgery at Emory University Hospital from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., said Emory spokeswoman Rashel Stephenson. The procedure, in which parts of Tutu's lymph nodes were removed, will determine the extent of the cancer and whether new treatments are necessary. Doctors planned to discuss the results at a news conference when available. Tutu, 68, was originally diagnosed with and treated for prostate cancer in 1997, when he was head of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Recent blood tests indicated the cancer may have returned, and a biopsy of Tutu's prostate confirmed the recurrence, Tutu said in a statement earlier this week. The former archbishop of Cape Town won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his anti-apartheid efforts.
South African Press Association, 1999
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