Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Snow to take on cancer again.

I was afraid of this when I first heard the news last week of his impending surgery.

Presidential spokesman Tony Snow's surgery to remove a small growth showed that his cancer has returned, the White House said Tuesday.

Snow, 51, had his colon removed in 2005 and underwent six months of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with colon cancer. A small growth was discovered last year in his lower right pelvic area, and it was removed on Monday. Doctors determined that it was cancerous, and that his cancer had metastized, or spread, to his liver, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

She said Snow is resting comfortably after his surgery and has pledged to aggressively fight the disease with an as-yet-to-be-determined treatment course.

Without ever having met Mr. Snow, I admire him for his courage. I can’t imagine the emotional and physical toll it requires to battle cancer and beat it once, much less take it on a second time.

"He said he's going to beat it again," Perino said in an emotional morning briefing with White House reporters. "When I talked to him, he was in very good spirits."

I’m not a betting man but if I were, I wouldn’t think to wager against Snow.

I will certainly be rooting for him every step of the way.

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