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Stroger discharged after prostate surgery

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Daily Southtown
by Jonathan Lipman

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was released Wednesday from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, two days after his prostate gland was removed, and is not expected to need more treatment for prostate cancer, his surgeon said.
"It did not appear to be a scary type of prostate cancer," Dr. William Catalona said. "My guess is he will not need any (additional treatment). He'll just have to recover from his surgery and go about his life. He's doing really well, physically and mentally."
Stroger did not receive any treatment or related medication since his diagnosis about 10 months ago, Catalona said.
The surgeon's news conference Wednesday evening was the first full discussion about Stroger's health since his administration announced Monday that he was undergoing a "routine medical procedure," declining to elaborate. Stroger's family on Monday night confirmed his cancer only after sources told the Chicago Sun-Times about the nature of his illness.
Stroger's spokeswoman, Ibis Antongiorgi, said he wanted to keep his diagnosis private until the surgery was over.
Catalona said he had spoken with Stroger about disclosing his illness.
"He had planned on going public with this," Catalona said. "He and his wife just wanted to get it done, and they didn't want to deal with this media circus."
Stroger's delay in seeking surgery was not unusual, he said.
"Men diagnosed with prostate cancer have many options. Often, it takes them awhile to educate themselves and their family," Catalona said.
He said the cancer was detected during a routine blood test during Stroger's regular medical checkup.
"It was very wise of him to (get tested), and it probably saved his life," Catalona said.
Stroger is expected to recuperate at home for up to three weeks, Antongiorgi said. He will be running county operations over the phone with his chief of staff, but those daily calls have not yet begun, she said.


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