Tim Keller has updated the world on his ongoing health crisis and it is bleak, but not hopeless. Keller was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in June 2020 and thankfully was taking positive steps towards recovery, writing in November of 2020 that his recent CAT scans show continued improvement and the physician is “surprised” and “delighted” with the headway he is having as he burns through rounds of chemotherapy, calling his progress “incredible.”
This was great news, as the recovery rates are devastatingly low. According to John Hopkins Hospital, “The combined five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer—the percentage of all patients who are living five years after diagnosis—is very low at just 5 to 10 percent” on account of it typically being caught so late in the game.
In an update provided this morning, Keller shared on social media that a few weeks ago he was tested and the primary tumor had not progressed, but that they found a ‘mystery lump’ nearby that proved to likewise be cancerous. As a result, they are cranking up the chemo, which will have more side effects and impact his ability to teach.
Though we generally regard Keller as imminently theologically dangerous, with links to why here, we wish him a swift and ongoing recovery.
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