WBEZ | Mayo Clinic http://www.wbez.org/tags/mayo-clinic Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Jackson Jr. leaves Mayo Clinic http://www.wbez.org/news/jackson-jr-leaves-mayo-clinic-103816 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP284585612214.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has left the Mayo Clinic, where he was being treated for bipolar disorder for the second time since taking a leave of absence in June.</p><p>Mayo spokesman Nick Hanson says Jackson left the Minnesota clinic Tuesday. He did not know where Jackson was going.</p><p>The Jacksons had considered sending the congressman to another facility for &quot;more intense treatment&quot; of his bi-polar disorder, a source close to the family said Tuesday. But the source wasn&#39;t sure whether that&#39;s where the congressman is heading.</p><p>Jackson was elected Nov. 6 to a ninth full term representing his Chicago area district, despite not campaigning and barely appearing in public since taking medical leave.&nbsp;He spent election night at the clinic after returning there in October amid reports that he faced a new federal investigation into potential misuse of his campaign finances.</p><p>Jackson remains under a U.S. House committee&#39;s investigation into his dealings with imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.</p><p>Meanwhile, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says it&#39;s time for Jackson Jr. to let voters know what&#39;s going on.</p><p>&quot;The election is over,&quot; Quinn said. &quot;I think it&#39;s important for him to tell his constitutents and tell the public where he stands.&quot;</p><p>Quinn made his remarks just before the news broke about Jackson leaving the clinic.&nbsp;The governor declined to say if Jackson should leave resign, saying that decision was up to the congressman.</p><p>Jackson hasn&#39;t given any indication of when he&#39;ll return to office, but did suggest in a recent robocall to constituents that he is eager to get back to work. On Tuesday, Jackson spokesman Kevin Lampe said he didn&#39;t know when the congressman would return to work, or even update constituents about his condition.</p></p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/jackson-jr-leaves-mayo-clinic-103816 Rev. Jackson: Congressman son back at Mayo clinic for evaluation http://www.wbez.org/news/rev-jackson-congressman-son-back-mayo-clinic-evaluation-103342 <p><p>The Rev. Jesse&nbsp;Jackson&nbsp;says his congressman son has checked back into the Mayo Clinic for an evaluation.</p><div><p>The elder&nbsp;Jackson&nbsp;told The Associated Press that Congressman Jesse&nbsp;Jackson&nbsp;Jr. was back at the Minnesota facility Tuesday. He was released from there last month following treatment for bipolar disorder and gastrointestinal issues.</p><p>A Mayo spokesman and&nbsp;Jackson&#39;s&nbsp;office didn&#39;t immediately have an update.</p><p>The congressman&#39;s father says the evaluation may lead to a longer stay. Congressional colleagues who visited the younger&nbsp;Jackson&nbsp;Monday say he was preparing for a longer visit.</p><p>Jackson&nbsp;took medical leave in June. His staff has released few details about his condition and hasn&#39;t said when he&#39;ll return to work.</p><p>Jackson&nbsp;is on the Nov. 6 ballot although he hasn&#39;t <a href="http://www.wbez.org/jackson-jr-robocall-asks-patience-%E2%80%94-offers-no-timeline-return-103287">campaigned beyond a robocall to voters</a>.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/rev-jackson-congressman-son-back-mayo-clinic-evaluation-103342 Cardinal George ‘fearful’ about cancer but vows to keep working http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/cardinal-george-%E2%80%98fearful%E2%80%99-about-cancer-vows-keep-working-101958 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CardinalGeorge2.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px 0px; float: left; height: 306px; width: 250px; " title="The leader of more than 2 million Chicago-area Catholics expects to hear next week about treatment options. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)" />The spiritual leader of more than 2 million Chicago-area Roman Catholics says he is expecting to hear more next week about cancer found in his body and about treatment options.</p><p>Cardinal Francis George on Friday night made his first public appearance since finding out a week earlier that cancerous cells were in his liver and kidney.</p><p>&ldquo;We all live with the Lord as much as possible,&rdquo; he told reporters before attending a fundraiser for his archdiocese&rsquo;s Hispanic ministry. &ldquo;If this is a call to be with him for eternity, then that&rsquo;s a welcome call in that sense. But it&rsquo;s also a fearful call, because there&rsquo;s so much that&rsquo;s unknown.&rdquo;</p><p>George, 75, looked healthy but said medical tests had weakened him. He said Mayo Clinic physicians would help analyze the test results.</p><p>A 2006 cancer battle led to the removal of his bladder, prostate and part of a ureter. &ldquo;I had felt I&rsquo;d licked something and I didn&rsquo;t,&rdquo; the cardinal said. &ldquo;And so that isn&rsquo;t a good feeling.&rdquo;</p><p>George grew up in St. Pascal Parish on Chicago&rsquo;s Northwest Side. He has headed the Chicago archdiocese, which covers Cook and Lake counties, for 15 years. From 2007 to 2010, he was also president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.</p><p>The cardinal said he would keep his public schedule unless treatment affected his immune system. He said he was waiting for more information about his condition before informing Pope Benedict XVI.</p></p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 21:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/cardinal-george-%E2%80%98fearful%E2%80%99-about-cancer-vows-keep-working-101958