SIU Carbondale interim chancellor battles cancer

SIU Carbondale interim chancellor battles cancer

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The interim chancellor at Southern Illinois University recently sent a letter to the campus community announcing that he has cancer.

Paul D. Sarvela says he has a treatable tumor. He has been given a good prognosis and plans to maintain an active schedule in his role as interim chancellor at SIU Carbondale.

Read his full letter below:

Some of you may have noticed that I have been away from campus unexpectedly in recent weeks. I have been undergoing medical tests, which concluded a few days ago. The results revealed that I have a rare but fully treatable tumor that is a type of carcinoma. The good news is that I have been given an excellent prognosis for a positive outcome, and I will be able to maintain an active if somewhat modified schedule in my role as interim chancellor of SIU Carbondale throughout treatment over the next few months.

I would like to use this occasion to emphasize the importance of staying on top of routine annual physicals, as my tumor would not have been detected and treated if I had not visited our family physician. I am deeply grateful for the counsel and care I have received over the last few weeks from outstanding local doctors and staff, many of whom hold SIU degrees. I am also fortunate to have an excellent team of physicians and staff at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. I am in excellent hands.

Likewise, I am grateful for the strong campus leadership team and for the support of President Dunn and our Board of Trustees. SIU Carbondale will continue to thrive, and I look forward to being a part of its success in the weeks, months and years ahead.

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