October 6th, 2009
07:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Petraeus was treated for prostate cancer

Gen. David Petraeus was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February.
Gen. David Petraeus was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February.

(CNN) - Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, has been treated for early stage prostate cancer and says recent screening tests have delivered "very positive" news.

He was diagnosed in February, his office said, and underwent two months of radiation treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

"My cancer was caught very early," Petraeus, 56, said in remarks released by his office. "I've had two PSA tests since completing treatment five months ago, and they've both been very positive. Surgery to remove the prostate was not an option due to plates/screws that were used to repair my pelvis after it was fractured in a parachuting accident."

PSA tests are blood tests performed to screen for prostate-specific antigens - proteins produced by cells of the prostate. Higher levels of PSAs could signal prostate cancer or benign prostate conditions.

At an appearance Tuesday after news of the treatment was out, Petraeus made only a lighthearted comment about this health.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Mr. Patreus why are are troops still in the Middle East???

    October 6, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. ccc

    i think no one should get sick and everyone should get help but i dont trust this guy i think he messed up the was in iraq with Bush

    October 6, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. RR

    I'm sure moveon.org is happy

    October 6, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. New Yorker

    Hmmm, wonder if anyone from CNN would mind if that bit of personal info was broadcast about them.

    God bless the General.

    October 6, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. sherry

    So much for running for President in 2012.

    October 6, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    No doubt caused by the 8 years of the Bush Administration "getting behind" him, eh?!

    October 6, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  7. GlendaV

    OK, so he was treated. If he hadn't, he might have lived only another 15 years. And now there is still a story?

    October 6, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  8. jerry

    Where the heck does she get off giving advice on military planning and policy? She is ignorant on this as well as every other subject she presumes to expound upon. And why-oh-why does CNN report on her blog as if it were news?

    October 7, 2009 12:08 am at 12:08 am |