by Max Brantley
UA NEWS RELEASE
LITTLE ROCK -- University of Arkansas System President B. Alan Sugg will undergo surgery to remove his prostate on November 1st at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
A blood test during Sugg’s yearly physical exam showed a rise in PSA levels, and a subsequent biopsy indicated a malignancy in the prostate. The cancer was caught at an early stage, and all signs are that it hasn’t spread beyond the prostate. After considering treatment options, Sugg decided to proceed with surgery.
Dr. Robert Cheek of UAMS administered the exam and referred Sugg to Dr. Graham Greene, head of the Genitourinary Oncology Center at UAMS, who will perform the surgery.
“I am grateful to Dr. Cheek for his medical guidance throughout this process,” Sugg said. “I know that I am in good hands with Dr. Greene and the fine people at UAMS. Fortunately, the cancer was caught at an early stage thanks to yearly testing. In that respect, I encourage all men over 50 to have regular prostate exams.
“While I’m disappointed that I will not be able to attend the football game this weekend against South Carolina, I’m thrilled that ESPN has decided to show it so that I can watch the Razorbacks beat the Gamecocks on national television.”