LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Supreme Court Justice William McAnulty Jr. is recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous lesion from the base of his brain, hospital officials said Thursday.
McAnulty underwent surgery Wednesday at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, just weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread to the brain, said Dr. Wayne G. Villanueva, a neurosurgeon who performed the operation.
"He came through the surgery extremely well. We moved him to our intensive care unit following surgery, which is normal for this type of procedure," Villanueva said in a statement.
Medical oncologist Jeffrey Hargis said McAnulty will undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment starting later this month.
McAnulty won a full 8-year term on the high court in November, defeating Jefferson Circuit Judge Ann O'Malley Shake. The electoral win came just months after Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed McAnulty to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Martin E. Johnstone, who retired in June 2006.
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