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Gov. Brown diagnosed with prostate cancer

12:16 AM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the Governor's Office revealed Wednesday.

Brown, 74, is undergoing radiation treatment at the University of California, San Francisco, and maintaining his usual work schedule.

The governor's oncologist. Dr. Eric Small, described the cancer as localized and at an early stage.

"The prognosis is excellent, and there are not expected to be any significant side effects," Small said in a news release form the Governor's Office.

Brown will receive x-ray radiation from a linear accelerator for about 10 minutes a day for several weeks - a treatment technique that's been greatly improved over the last 20 years.

"There's been a revolution in the field of radiation oncology," UC Davis Medical Center Radiation Oncology Department Head Dr. Richard Valicenti said. "He should have minimal side effects (and) feel confident that his tumor will be well-controlled."

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"We're talking about control in excess of 90 to 95-percent. His prognosis is quite excellent," said Valicenti.

In April 2011, Brown was treated for a cancerous growth on his nose.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to occur in men after skin cancer, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The occurrence of prostate cancer increases in men as they age, with more than 65 percent of all prostate cancers diagnosed in men over the age of 65.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to occur in men after skin cancer, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The occurrence of prostate cancer increases in men as they age, with more than 65 percent of all prostate cancers diagnosed in men over the age of 65.

Small said Brown was expected to complete radiation treatment the week of Jan. 7, 2013.

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