WASHINGTON (AP) — Surgeons on Wednesday removed a cancerous lesion above first lady Jill Biden’s right eye, as well as another cancerous lesion on her chest, the White House said, while examining a third lesion on her left eyelid.
dr Kevin O’Connor, the president’s physician, said the tests showed the lesion over Biden’s left eye and a newly discovered one on her chest were both confirmed as basal cell carcinoma. The lesion on her right eye was “completely removed, with margins, and sent for standard microscopic examination.”
Biden and her husband, President Joe Biden, spent the day at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland while she underwent the planned outpatient procedure known as Mohs surgery to remove and examine the lesions.
O’Connor said the first lady had “some swelling and bruising on her face but was in good spirits and feeling fine”. She was due to return to the White House on Wednesday night.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.
The first lady and President Joe Biden stayed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland in the afternoon. They had arrived by helicopter around 8 a.m
The update from Jill Biden’s office came after she was in the hospital for about six hours. Another update was expected after the operation.
Her office announced a week ago that doctors had discovered the lesion during a recent routine skin cancer screening. She was scheduled to undergo a “common outpatient procedure known as Mohs’ surgery to remove and definitively examine the tissue,” said Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the president’s physician, in a Jan. 4 memo released by the first lady’s office last week.
This surgery involves removing thin layers of skin and examining each layer for signs of cancer, according to a Mayo Clinic data sheet. Doctors remove layers of skin and examine them until there are no signs of cancer. The procedure takes less than four hours for most people, and they can go home afterward.
Doctors recommended removing the 71-year-old first lady’s lesion “with extreme caution,” O’Connor wrote in the memo.
the Skin Cancer Foundation said the delicate skin around the eyes is particularly susceptible to damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
The operation was arranged for the morning after the Bidens returned from Mexico City, where the president was being held two days of talks with the leaders of Mexico and Canada and the First Lady met with women, children and her North American counterparts.
In April 2021, the First Lady had a medical procedure which the White House only described as “ordinary”. Details were not given. The President escorted them to an outpatient center near the George Washington University campus, and after about two hours they returned to the White House.
Biden also accompanied the First Lady to Walter Reed for outpatient treatment after her in July 2021 punctured his left foot on a walk on the beach in Hawaii. She had stopped in Hawaii for official events after attending opening events for the Tokyo Olympics.
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