Mandela to continue radiation treatment

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African president Nelson Mandela is to continue with radiation treatment to combat the prostate cancer.
His spokesman Zelda le Grange on Wednesday said two physicians, a radiotherapist and five urologists have reviewed Mandela's condition and the prognosis was good.
They said it appeared the cancer has not spread past the prostrate gland.
Medical tests at the end of last year indicated a raised level of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in Mandela's blood.
This antigen was a marker for prostate gland cancer, and Mandela subsequently underwent regular tests to assess his PSA levels and physical status.
Although the clinical picture revealed no alteration in his status, there was a slight rise in the blood level of the PSA, in view of which a decision was made to biopsy the prostate gland, which confirmed the presence of microscopic cancer within the prostrate.
Le Grange said Mandela's general health remained excellent, and he would be able to maintain most of his commitments.
The world statesman celebrated his 83rd birthday last month and despite his age, is showing no signs of slowing down.
The Nobel Laureate, who was incarcerated for 28 years for his role in the struggle against apartheid, is currently involved in the Burundi peace process and a number of projects in South Africa to improve education in disadvantaged communities.

15 august 2001 13:10:00




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