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Cardinal Francis George in hospital, treated for dehydration after flu

Cardinal Francis George  |  AP file photo

Cardinal Francis George | AP file photo

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Updated: April 19, 2014 6:32AM

Cardinal Francis George was hospitalized late last week with flulike symptoms and is expected to remain there through midweek.

He was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood on Friday after doctors — during a regular checkup on his chemotherapy treatment — found he was dehydrated, archdiocese spokeswoman Colleen Dolan said late Monday.

“He’ll be there for a few days. They just want to clear up this bug,” Dolan said, noting that doctors also want to take a cautious and careful approach because George has been undergoing chemotherapy to fight a cancer that appeared in his right kidney. Earlier this month, George said his cancer — which had been in remission for more than a year — was again showing signs of activity.

He was first diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2006, and in 2012, he again fought the disease when it returned to his kidney and liver.

But Dolan said the recent hospitalization “has nothing to do with cancer or chemotherapy.”

She said George is receiving intraveneous medication and fluids and could be released Wednesday or Thursday.

“He’s not in a lot of discomfort. This wasn’t a chemo week,” Dolan said. George has received one dose of chemotherapy thus far and is scheduled for two more in the coming weeks, but the therapy might be delayed because of his symptoms, she said.

“He’s up. He’s been walking around. He’s doing really well,” she said. “I visited him today. He’s just disappointed because he had to cancel travel plans.”

George had been scheduled to visit communities in Oregon and Washington, where he had previously served as bishop and archbishop.

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