Kenai senator leaves Juneau for medical treatment

January 21, 2009 

JUNEAU -- Kenai legislator Tom Wagoner is being treated for prostate cancer in California.

The Senate Republican left Wednesday for Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. He attended Tuesday's opening ceremonies, where he was sworn in for a third term.

He is expected to return to Juneau on Feb. 16.

Wagoner is undergoing proton therapy, which is described on the center's Web site as a precise form of radiation treatment that minimizes damage to healthy tissue and surrounding organs.

According to the Web site, the treatment is highly successful and results in fewer side effects.

Wagoner said the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate, and his doctor has said his chances of full recovery are excellent.

Wagoner started treatment Dec. 1.

Anchorage Daily News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service