Smith released from hospital after minor cancer operation

Jim Parsons

Campus News Editor

University of Houston System Chancellor/UH President Arthur K. Smith returned home early this week after minor cancer treatment at Methodist Hospital.

Smith was admitted to the hospital Friday for a radical prostatectomy, an operation to treat prostate cancer in its early stages.

"There exist other options for dealing with this condition ... but after a careful evalutaion of all of the options, June and I have decided together that the radical prostatectomy is for me the best choice," Smith wrote in a memo which was distributed throughout the System earlier in August.

"I talked to him Saturday," said Wendy Adair, UHS associate vice chancellor for public affairs. "He sounded great."

"I'm grateful that I have been given the early opportunity to deal decisively with a condition that, if left undetected or untreated, could progress over time into a far more serious matter," Smith also wrote in the memo.

Smith plans to work from Wortham House, his official residence, for the next few days, and said he should return to his normal schedule by late September.

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