Gov. Brown Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

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Governor Jerry Brown has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, his office announced Wednesday.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer killer among men but from all indicators released at this point about his condition, Gov. Brown has every reason to hope for a healthy future.

“Fortunately, this is early stage localized prostate cancer, which is being treated with a short course of conventional radiotherapy,” wrote Dr. Eric Small, Brown’s oncologist, wrote in a statement. “The prognosis is excellent, and there are not expected to be any significant side effects.”

Brown, 74, will continue treatment while maintaining a full work schedule, his office said. His radiotherapy treatment is due to be completed Jan. 7.

“Radiation is delivered almost like an X-ray is, so it’s invisible rays that are delivered by a special machine and the radiation oncologist will calculate a dose that will cure or sterilize those cancer cells and deliver that dose over a prolonged period of time,” said Dr.Primo Lara, an oncologist at the UC Davis cancer center in Sacramento.

Brown’s case is now among the almost 242,000 new diagnoses of prostate cancer that the American Cancer Society says will occur this year.

In April of 2012, Brown underwent surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his nose.

Ian McDonald filed this report.

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