Commander of U.S. Military in Middle East Announces Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

by: cancercompass

General David Petraeus, the commander of American military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, is reportedly responding well to radiation treatment after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Petraeus, 56, was diagnosed last February with early-stage prostate cancer. According to a statement from the Pentagon, Petraeus has undergone two months of "successful" radiation treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Information about the diagnosis and treatment have not been disclosed until now because the general and his family consider it to be a private matter, which did not affect his duties.

General Petraeus is expected to take part in meetings this week with President Obama and his national security team to discuss military operations in Afghanistan.