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WCU Chancellor Belcher says his cancer has returned

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Chancellor David O. Belcher of Western Carolina University announced in an open letter on Tuesday that his cancer had returned.

Chancellor Belcher was diagnosed with a small brain tumor in April of 2016. Since then, a page was started on the Western Carolina University page regarding his health updates.

Here is the chancellor's latest letter on his resurgence of cancer:

August 1, 2017

Dear WCU community and friends,

I write to share with you an update on my health. Despite last year's surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor and subsequent post-operative treatment, my latest medical examination has revealed a recurrence of the cancer. First, let me assure you that I feel fine. Susan and I are optimistic. We obviously are disappointed that there has been a recurrence, but know that I intend to attack this setback with the same fervor and passion with which I began this unexpected odyssey in April of last year. And – as my leadership team will attest – I am moving forward with the same dogged commitment and strategic approach that I strive to bring every single day in my job as CEO of our university.

My world-class medical team at Duke University Hospital has recommended a new treatment regimen, which I will begin this week. This new regimen is promising, but will require me to be away from campus several days each month.

As always, I am totally committed to my role as chancellor of Western Carolina University, and, with the support of my leadership team and that of the entire campus community, I intend to fulfill my executive responsibilities even when I am not on campus. My primary aim is that the campus community remain focused on our ambitious agenda of growth and positive momentum. 

Over the past year, we have been blessed by an outpouring of love and support from our Catamount family, and it has buoyed Susan and me in this fight. We welcome your warm wishes, your thoughts, and your prayers, and we ask for your understanding if our responses to your messages are not as timely as you have come to expect from us.

It goes without saying that this is not the outcome for which we had hoped after my surgery and first rounds of treatment. However, my medical team is top-notch, and Susan and I are eager to begin this new treatment regimen. I pledge to keep you regularly informed about our progress and to provide you additional updates as we take the next steps in this journey.

Sincerely yours,

David O. Belcher

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