Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Prayers for Congressman Charlie Norwood

His condition does not sound good:

Republican Rep. Charlie Norwood of Georgia will forgo surgery for metastatic lung cancer and will enter hospice care in his hometown of Augusta, according to a statement released Wednesday afternoon by Norwood’s congressional office.

The statement said that Norwood “has declined further treatment at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and will return to his Augusta home,” where he will receive 24-hour nursing care.

Norwood was diagnosed with a form of the disease known as non-small cell lung cancer shortly after his easy victory for a seventh House term last November in Georgia’s 10th District. Subsequent examinations showed the cancer has spread to other parts of his body.

After undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Inova Fairfax and Inova Mount Vernon hospitals in the Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital, the 65-year-old Norwood was transferred last week to the Georgetown hospital in Washington. He was evaluated there for “Cyberknife” laser surgery as a possible means of treating a tumor located in his liver.

He and his family have been fighting his health problems for some time now, with the relatively recent diagnosis of metastatic lung cancer only the latest blow. As he goes to be close to home, our prayers are with the Congressman and his family. He has provided devoted service to his constituents since his election.

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