President Gordon B. Hinckley was recovering this week at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City after undergoing surgery Jan. 24 to remove a cancerous growth in his large intestine. Surgeons successfully removed the diseased portion of the intestine through a laparoscopic procedure.
"President Hinckley is resting comfortably," Church spokesman Dale Bills said on Jan. 25. "As announced last evening, we expect that he will recover rapidly and resume his normal duties soon."
The 95-year-old Church president has enjoyed robust health throughout his life. At a news conference in 1995 on the occasion of his being sustained as Church president, he told reporters that he had only spent one day in the hospital. Through his presidency, he has been vigorous and active, becoming the most-traveled Church president in history.
Colon cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer when detected early, the Deseret Morning News reported Jan. 26, from interviews with experts not involved with President Hinckley's treatment. Laparoscopic colon surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to a colectomy, the standard treatment for the disease. The laparoscopic procedure typically requires a hospital recuperation of two to four days.