White House Press Secretary Tony Snow

Contrary to many news reports, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow says he does not have liver cancer and expects to return to his post as spokesman for President Bush.

Snow, 51, made a surprise phone call to Bill O’Reilly’s nationally syndicated ‘Radio Factor’ show yesterday, saying, “I’m feeling great,” two weeks after surgery to remove tumors from his abdomen.

“Some of this has been misreported,” he told O’Reilly. “I do not have liver cancer. There are a number of small tumors that are in my abdominal cavity; they have not hit any other organs; they are not traveling through the blood stream. … “

The weblog Johnny Dollar’s Place has a link to the audio.

Snow said surgeons removed one cancer and discovered another, near the liver, but it is not a liver cancer. While not curable, the tumors can be treated with chemotherapy, and “there’s a real good chance that I’ll be running around doing exactly what I’ve been doing for, lo, these many years.”

“I’m planning on living with cancer for a long time,” Snow said.

Shaken White House officials announced March 27 Snow’s cancer has returned and spread to his liver and elsewhere in his body. The presidential spokesman had his colon removed in 2005 after being diagnosed with cancer and underwent six months of chemotherapy.

President Bush said at the time Snow “is not going to let this whip him, and he’s upbeat. And so my message to Tony is, ‘Stay strong; a lot of people love you and care for you and will pray for you.'”

Snow said doctors plan to do chemotherapy to “drive this sucker into remission.”

“If it didn’t grow anymore from now until the time I died, it would absolutely fine,” he said. “It’s not threatening my life.”

Snow told O’Reilly he plans to return to the White House but would not say when.

As WND reported last month, moments after Snow’s new personal battle against cancer became public, a vicious assault was launched at left-leaning websites, with some message posters hoping for a swift death for the presidential spokesman.

Editor’s note: Get well messages can be e-mailed to Tony Snow here.


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