ROCKWALL – Rockwall County Precinct 3 Commissioner Dennis Bailey told The Rockwall News Wednesday that his recent surgery for carcinoid cancer was a “huge success.”
The surgery took place last November at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
According to the Commissioner, he was diagnosed in 2009 and told by doctors that it was inoperable.
Carcinoid commonly refers to neuroendocrine tumors that originate in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, lungs, appendix and thymus, although they can also occur in the lymph nodes, brain, bone, ovaries, testes and skin. Carcinoid tumors are usually indolent (slow-growing) by nature and develop over the course of many years. However, aggressive, fast-growing forms of carcinoid cancer also exist. (Source: Caring For Carcinoid Foundation)
In 2010, after a scan revealed evidence of increase in size of an internal lesion, Bailey said he underwent a right side partial nephrectomy. Then last November, after lesions continued to grow between 2011-2012, surgeons performed another procedure, but all lesions were negative.
“The surgery was for removal of all of the visible disease and was a huge success,” he said. “In 2009 I was told the cancer was inoperable. No question in my mind that God provided me with brilliant surgeons and blessed me with the removal of the tumors.”
He said he is very thankful for the concern expressed and prayers offered by so many people.
Commissioner Bailey was first elected in 2008 and re-elected last November.
By J.J. Smith, Publisher