WASHINGTON — President Reagan will enter Bethesda Naval Medical Center on Friday for a follow-up examination of the kind that discovered a cancerous tumor in his colon last year, the White House announced Wednesday.
Reagan will undergo a colonoscopy to see if there is any recurrence of the cancer and he might remain overnight at the hospital even if the test is negative, White House spokesman Larry Speakes said.
The White House stressed that the test is part of a routine six-month checkup and that it was not prompted by any medical symptoms. Reagan had surgery for colon cancer last July.
Intestinal Bleeding Possible
The length of Reagan's hospital stay will be determined at the time of the test, Speakes said. He pointed out that the instrument used in a colonoscopy can sometimes puncture the intestine and cause bleeding and that doctors "sometimes want to watch that overnight."