Bishop Doran recovering from lung cancer surgery

The Catholic Diocese of Rockford announces that Bishop Thomas G. Doran is recovering from surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Approximately one-fourth of his left lung was removed during a four-hour surgery Thursday, Dec. 14. Two spots, one in each lung, were discovered during his annual routine physical earlier this month.

Doctors notified the bishop of the discovery and asked him to return to the clinic for additional tests Dec. 12. Those tests revealed a benign condition in the right lung but suggested a malignancy in a tumor in the left lung.

The surgery to remove the top portion of Bishop Doran’s left lung verified that the tumor was adenocarcinoma, one of the more common types of lung cancer. During the procedure, doctors performed a “visual and manual” examination of the surrounding tissue and lymph nodes to check for any spread of cancer. All indications were that the cancer had not metastasized to any other area.

Bishop Doran, in a phone call to Monsignor David Kagan Friday morning, Dec. 15, said doctors told him they were confident that all the cancer had been removed, and further treatment beyond the normal recovery time was not indicated.

Monsignor Kagan told reporters during a press conference Monday that “this is one of the best possible outcomes for this type of condition.”

Bishop Doran was scheduled to stay at the hospital at least five to seven days. Upon his release, which was uncertain at the press conference, Bishop Doran will be transported back to Rockford, where he will complete his recuperation. When he will be able to resume his regular schedule is yet to be determined.

Meantime, some of the day-to-day responsibilities of Bishop Doran’s schedule will be fulfilled by Monsignor David Kagan, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.

From the Dec. 20-26, 2006, issue

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