President Howard W. Hunter, who was hospitalized for 41/2 days after participating in the dedication of the Bountiful Utah Temple, is being treated for prostate cancer that has spread into the bones, according to a statement released by the Church on Jan. 18.
The prophet's attending physician, Dr. William F. Reilly, said: "President Hunter's condition is a serious one. He has cancer of the prostate gland, metastatic [transferred] to the bones, for which he is currently being treated." The cancer was first diagnosed in 1980. Its recurrence appears to have contributed to the exhaustion for which President Hunter was treated during his recent hospitalization.President Hunter is resting at home, according to the Church statement. He was admitted to the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City on Jan. 12 and released on Jan. 16.
The 87-year-old Church leader continues to function in his office and calling.
Since becoming the 14th president of the Church on June 5, 1994, President Hunter has maintained a busy schedule of speaking and traveling, both in the United States and internationally. He has emphasized the importance of following the example of the Savior, and of being temple worthy and attending the temple as frequently as possible.
On Dec. 11, he organized the 2,000th stake of the Church in Mexico. Following his return home, he was hospitalized for a few days. During the week of the Bountiful temple dedication, Jan. 8-14, he offered the dedicatory prayer in the first session, participated in five other sessions and spoke in four sessions.