Pastor Chuck Smith, widely recognized as a leader of the Jesus movement in the U.S. during the '60s and '70s, will be undergoing more radiation and drug therapy for his lung cancer, his family announced Monday.
Smith's tumor had been reduced in size after undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment that began earlier this year, but after doctors ruled out surgery recently he and his family decided on a treatment that combines more of the same and additional medication.
Last Sunday at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, Calif., Smith, 84, made the announcement to his church that his sister, Virginia Smith Fromm, had passed away that evening after a prolonged illness.
Janette Smith Manderson, who is Smith's daughter, gave a family update on Monday. She writes in a Facebook prayer group page designated for her father:
"First, thank you to all who are praying for Dad during this time of missing his older sister, Virginia, a wonderful woman of God who went to Heaven last night. Second, I went with Dad to his oncologist last week and the radiation doctor today. The Tumor Board at his hospital (including 30+ doctors) recommends that he try a new chemo plus Avastin (destroys the tumor's blood supply) and to have two more weeks of radiation.
"He prayed, agreed, and started the infusions today and will start radiation this week. He feels 'wonderful' (as he told the doctor today) and is eager to finish this cancer battle. The doctors think he will continue to feel good during these treatments and can keep up all his ministry activities. PTL!!
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SOURCE: Christian Post