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Doctors have removed a small tumor from the brain of Cardinal John J. O'Connor, his spokesman said Saturday.

The tumor was diagnosed while the 79-year-old cardinal was hospitalized in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He left the hospital Saturday. He had been hospitalized for tests since Aug. 25 after complaining of nausea and weakness.

Cardinal O'Connor will get radiation therapy "shortly and continue over the next several weeks," according to a statement released by the Archdiocese of New York.

Doctors removed the "small" tumor from the surface of Cardinal O'Connor's brain, and doctors found "no other areas of the body were affected," the statement said.

Cardinal O'Connor walked out of Sloan-Kettering Hospital Saturday morning to his car and said Mass in his private residence adjoining St. Patrick's Cathedral, said his spokesman, Joseph Zwilling.

He said Cardinal O'Connor was in "good spirits" and was looking forward to returning to work.

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