Archbishop thanks his wellwishers

THE Archbishop of York has thanked wellwishers for a “tsunami of love and prayers” which has helped him through his cancer ordeal after his surgeon revealed a tumour has successfully been removed.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

Dr John Sentamu released a statement yesterday in which he revealed that he had been given extremely encouraging news after he underwent surgery at St James’s Hospital in Leeds on May 30 for “locally advanced” prostate cancer.

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The Archbishop met Mr Cross this week and was told that the cancer had been confined to the prostate gland and has been “completely removed” by the surgeon and his team.

Dr Sentamu said: “I am full of thanksgiving to God, to my consultant surgeon, Mr Bill Cross, and his Theatre 3 surgical team, and to the many people who have sent me a tsunami of love and prayers, emails, letters, cards and flowers. Thank you all.”

A spokeswoman for the Archbishop told the Yorkshire Post yesterday that Dr Sentamu had been given an “excellent prognosis” by the medical team at St James’s Hospital.