Owner Benson Undergoes Cancer Surgery

From: New Orleans Times-Picayune

Saints owner Tom Benson had surgery last week to remove a cancerous mass on his left kidney, the team announced Tuesday evening. Benson, 81, had the 3-centimeter mass removed at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans on Dec. 10. He was released from the hospital Sunday night and is resting at home, according to Greg Bensel, Saints vice president of communications.

“The mass was discovered when Mr. Benson came in for a CT scan for an unrelated issue,” said Dr. John Amoss, Benson’s personal physician and the Saints’ team doctor. “Once this mass was detected, it was subsequently removed by freezing the mass and then removing it. It was diagnosed as early-stage renal cell cancer, and the prognosis for this type of cancer removed at this stage is excellent.

We anticipate a full and complete recovery, and he will not need any radiation or chemotherapy.” Amoss said that had the mass not been discovered in its early stage, it “certainly could have been life-threatening.” But Amoss is “very optimistic that this is a complete cure,” as it typically is in 90 percent to 95 percent of similar cases. The cancer did not spread to any other part of Benson’s body, Amoss said, and the follow-up for this procedure is to monitor the kidney to make sure there are no more growths.

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