BOSTON — Former House Speaker Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill Jr. will undergo surgery for rectal cancer on Wednesday, and his outlook is "very favorable," his doctor said Monday.
Dr. Richard E. Wilson, chief of surgical oncology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said a "polyp-like" cancer was found on the lower six inches of O'Neill's bowel.
Wilson said he does not know how much bowel will have to be removed or how far the cancer has spread.
However, he said, tests suggest the possibility of a full recovery.
"It looks very favorable at this point," Wilson said.
He said it was possible that O'Neill, 74, would have to undergo chemotherapy but a final decision will be made after surgery.