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Cardinal Bernardin’s Tumor Cancerous

The golf ball-size tumor removed from Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s pancreas two days ago was cancerous and the malignancy spread to one of his lymph nodes, his doctors said Wednesday.

Bernardin has only a 20 percent to 25 percent chance of surviving for five years, like other patients whose pancreatic cancer is caught early, his chief surgeon, Dr. Gerhard Aranha, told a news conference at Loyola University Cancer Center.

Doctors said the 67-year-old spiritual leader of the 2.3-million member Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago would need chemotherapy and radiation but could continue performing all of his duties.