Cardinal George participating in clinical trial of anti-cancer drug

Cardinal Francis George celebrates Mass at the tomb of St. Peter.

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago is continuing cancer treatment and has agreed to take part in a clinical trial of a new anti-cancer drug, his archdiocese has announced.

“The cardinal is grateful to those who are praying for him and requests that everyone continue to remember him in their thoughts and prayers,” the Archdiocese of Chicago said Aug. 22.

Cardinal George, 77, is taking part in a clinical research trial at University of Chicago Medicine for a new drug that may activate the cells of his immune system to attack cancer cells, the archdiocese reported. The drug has shown promise for patients with the same type of cancer as the cardinal’s and the new study of the drug seeks to confirm the results.

First diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2006, the cardinal underwent a five-hour operation at age 69 to remove his bladder, prostate gland and sections of his ureters, the tubes which connect the kidneys to the bladder.

In August 2012, a medical examination of the cardinal discovered that cancerous cells had returned to his kidney and a nodule in his liver.

Cardinal George recently underwent a regular medical procedure to replace a stent in his ureter, which he has done every six months in recent years. He continues to maintain his regular schedule, the archdiocese said.

Earlier this year, the cardinal spoke of his health struggles in a column for the Catholic New World, saying cancer “will most probably eventually be the cause of my death.”

Cardinal George has headed the Archdiocese of Chicago since 1997. He is the first native of Chicago to become the city’s archbishop.
 


Voices

Appreciating the gift of memory

Anne Hansen

Why do we hold on to so many things in closets, garages and storage units? What is it about the birth announcement of an adult child or the high school diploma of an elderly grandparent that keeps these objects carefully saved rather than discarded? They are of no use to anyone and take up space. Yet they are precious and difficult to part with.

 

 

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January 25, 2015

  • Saturday, January 24

    Building Bridges through Intercultural Competency: A Symposium on the Future of Education and Ministry in the Church, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will deliver a keynote address, which will be followed by two panel discussions on issues of intercultural competency and diversity featuring experts and practitioners working in Catholic education and other ministries in Southern California and across the United States. For more information, please contact the LMU School of Education Office of the Dean at (310) 258-8768.

    Life in the Spirit Seminar, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Registration 8:30 a.m.), Incarnation School Auditorium, 1001, N Brand Blvd., Glendale. Led by Fr. Bill Adams C.S.s.R. (818) 421-1354.

    Journey Through Grief, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 377-4867.

    “One Life, One Light” Requiem for the Unborn, 6 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles.

  • Sunday, January 25

    44th Annual Whale Fiesta, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. Free. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrates marine mammals and the beginning of the migration of the Pacific gray whales along Southern California. Activities include building a life-sized whale out of sand, “Great Duct Tape Whale Contest” and “Whale Dynamics,” where participants will be transformed into a single “living whale.” (310) 548-7562.

    “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change” with director Jayasri Majumdar Hart, 3-5 p.m., St. Bernadette Parish, 3825 Don Felipe Dr., Los Angeles. A discussion with Ms. Hart will follow the screening.  Free.

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