Tim Keller gave an update on his ongoing health crisis and it is bleak. Keller was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 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 in mid-September Keller shared on social media that he was recently 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 cranked it up, which had more side effects and impact on his ability to teach.
Sadly, Keller announced on Twitter that his pancreatic cancer has progressed into stage IV, which is essentially regarded as incurable. The five-year survival rate is 1% with the vast majority of patients expected to live less than a year- usually around 6 months.
Though we generally regard Keller as imminently theologically dangerous, with links to why here, we pray that the Lord miraculously heals him.
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