Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Taft has surgery to remove tumor

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CLEVELAND — Gov. Bob Taft successfully underwent surgery Monday to remove a noncancerous tumor from a salivary gland below his left ear, his doctor said.

        Dr. Marshall Strome removed a benign growth from Taft's parotid gland in a procedure at the Cleveland Clinic that lasted a little more than two hours.

        Surgery is the most common way to treat such a growth, according to doctors who handle cases like Gov. Taft's at the clinic and elsewhere. There is only about a 1 percent chance of a recurrence, they said.

        The governor was comfortable and in good spirits Monday evening, a spokesman said. Mr. Taft was scheduled to be released today.


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