University of Rochester

University President Joel Seligman Ends Cancer Treatments

January 16, 2008

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman announced to the University community today the results of his medical treatment for a curable form of lymphoma.

"When I announced that I had cancer, I promised you an update when the treatments were completed," he began in his message. "I am happy to report that I am beginning this year with some very good news. On Dec. 21, I completed my 28th and final radiation session.

"In the opinion of Richard Fisher, who is treating me and is the director of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, I am in complete remission with no evidence of cancer at this time. I have begun follow-up and monitoring. While there are no absolute guarantees in life, the recurrence rate for the type of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma that I have is quite low.

"Let me express my gratitude to Drs. Fisher; Louis (Sandy) Constine, my radiation oncologist; and Ray Mayewski, my personal physician, and the great nurses, technicians, and staff at the Wilmot Cancer Center and Strong Memorial Hospital for the wonderful care and treatment that they provided. I am truly fortunate to be associated with a University that has such an outstanding hospital.

"Let me also express my deep appreciation for the support that the University community has given me over the past few months. I look forward to working long into the future with you to continue to strengthen the University of Rochester. Best wishes to all for a healthy new year."

The president was diagnosed with the disease and announced it publicly on Aug. 21, 2007.