09/10/2012 09:03

Bishop Tony Burgess of Wewak diagnosed with cancer

Dear Sisters, Brothers and all,

I have been to see my surgeon this morning and he removed the stitches from my skin graft. I have to keep off my foot for another 10 days and see him again on Monday Oct 22 before I return.

I thank God for the successful operation.

There is another problem, the biopsy showed the cancer to be a Merkel cell carcinoma not a squamous cell carcinoma as first thought.

I have to see a cancer specialist to see that the Merkel cell has not spread to other parts of my body. This type is quite rare and very dangerous. I am hoping and now praying for a negative result.

I thank you all for your prayers,


+ Tony