Cornell president Garrett beginning aggressive treatment for cancer diagnosis

February 8, 2016 by Rachel Cera

In an announcement to members of the Cornell University community, president Elizabeth Garrett said Monday she is "beginning an aggressive treatment program" following a diagnosis of colon cancer.

Cornell president Elizabeth Garrett speaking at her inauguration last September. 14850 Photo.Cornell president Elizabeth Garrett speaking at her inauguration last September. 14850 Photo.Cornell's thirteenth president, who was inaugurated last summer, says "I am receiving the best possible care from a team of doctors at Weill Cornell Medicine."

President Garrett says she will be "reducing my travel schedule and lightening my commitments over the next months," and letting the university's senior leadership handle many commitments, representing her, "and keeping me up to date as we continue to move Cornell forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century."

"Weill Cornell Colon and Rectal Surgery offers state-of-the-art care in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders affecting the lower gastrointestinal tract," according to the Weill Cornell Medicine website. The unit is affiliated with the Center for Advanced Digestive Care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

"Advances in research and clinical care in cancer offer great hope to patients like me, and Cornell and Weill Cornell lead in advancing science in this arena," says the president, in her statement. "I am optimistic that with the support of my family, friends and the Cornell community, I will be able to resume a fuller schedule soon and manage this illness."

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