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U of R president to have surgery

Rochester, N.Y. -- University of Rochester President Joel Seligman will undergo surgery May 23 to remove a small nodule from the periphery of his right lung.

Seligman announced his procedure in an email Tuesday morning to the U of R community.

Doctors have been aware of the nodule since 2007.

"This was not felt to be part of the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which was successfully treated seven years ago," Seligman said.

Until a recent CT/PET scan, Seligman noted, the doctors did not consider that the nodule necessitated a surgical procedure because it was not apparently growing.

However in 2012 and 2014, scans showed that the node had grown and the best practice was to have it removed.

"The one real risk with this type of nodule is that it might be malignant, and if it is not removed it could grow and potentially metastasize," Seligman said.

Doctors said neither the surgery nor the nodule is life threatening.



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