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Kerry home after cancer surgery

©Associated Press
February 16, 2003

BALTIMORE -- Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry left Johns Hopkins Hospital on Saturday to recover at home in Washington from prostate cancer surgery.

Kerry, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, left the hospital around 11:35 a.m. and was picked up by his wife, Teresa Heinz, aides said. He underwent surgery Wednesday to remove his cancerous prostate gland. The cancer was diagnosed in December.

"He's actually been feeling remarkably well," said David Wade, a spokesman for Kerry. "He's actually been on the phone, taking notes and dictating orders to his staff."

Doctors have said the cancer had not spread beyond the gland they removed, and Kerry will not need radiation therapy.

Wade said Kerry will spend the next weeks recovering, but "the expectation is that he can be back on his schedule pretty quickly."

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