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Archbishop to undergo cancer treatment in US (Updated)

Archbishop Chrysostomos (file photo)

Archbishop Chrysostomos will undergo surgery and ten days of treatment at an American hospital, he announced on Monday on his way to the US for liver cancer treatment.

According to the church primate, he will undergo ten days of treatment in the US, but hopes to be back by February 12 to host a meeting of the Holy Synod in Cyprus.

The archbishop departed at noon according to an announcement form the church offices.

The surgery and treatment follow the completion of a chemotherapy cycle to treat the cancer.

His personal doctor neurosurgeon Theologos Theologou and director of the Archdiocese Michael Spyrou travelled with him to the USA.

The US Greek newspaper the ‘National Herald’ reported the archbishop will head to a special liver cancer treatment centre in North Carolina for care.

Chrysostomos was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and has since undergone surgery in the UK and a series of chemotherapy sessions.

In October 2018 he was discharged from a London hospital where he had undergone successful surgery to remove two small tumours.

He urged people with potentially similar problems to act as soon as possible to avoid the worst.

“If caught early cancer is treatable,” he said.

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