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November 18, 2015
On November 9th Father Connall underwent surgery which consisted of a bowel resection to remove a cancerous tumor. An analysis of the resection revealed the tumor to have been significantly degraded by preoperative radiation and chemotherapy. Moreover, the tumor had not perforated the wall of the bowel and none of the six lymph nodes examined had any sign of cancer. So, it looks as if the cancer was contained and completely removed through the surgery. This is very good news. Even though the cancerous tissue has been removed, Father's surgeon is recommending post-operative chemotherapy to kill any remaining cancer cells that may be present in the bowel but currently undetectable. That aggressive chemo protocol will most likely begin in 3 weeks and last 4 months. This is the smartest way to give Father the best survival rate possible.
Father has a 13 inch incision in his abdomen held together by staples. He has graduated from using a walker to using a cane for support as the wound continues to heal. It is clear that he will need to take the next two weeks to rest and recover. Father is scheduled to offer Mass at the Cathedral on Sunday, December 6th. Until then, he will not have any public liturgical commitments nor will he have any significant presence in the parish or chancery offices.
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