Governor released 1 day after surgery for skin cancer

February 10, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Gov. Parris N. Glendening was discharged yesterday from Johns Hopkins Hospital, one day after undergoing surgery to remove a malignant melanoma on his scalp.

Glendening left the hospital at about 2:30 p.m. and returned to Annapolis.

Doctors told the governor that his recovery could be completed at home, according to a news release from Glendening's office.

The governor is expected to stay at home this week and keep a light schedule.

"I am in good spirits, and I look forward to resuming my full schedule shortly," Glendening said.

At a news conference Friday, Glendening's doctors said that his chances for a full recovery were "excellent" and that there is a "97 to 98" percent chance that he would not have to receive any more treatment for this melanoma.

The early-stage melanoma was removed from Glendening's scalp at the crown of his head.

Doctors kept Glendening hospitalized overnight after the surgery for observation.

The governor said that his health problem should bring home the importance of protecting your skin.

"I encourage all Marylanders to take extra precautions to avoid excessive sun exposure," he said. "Those who are at risk should get regular examinations and should seek medical advice promptly when noticing unusual spots or growths."

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