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President Loeschke diagnosed with cancer, expects full recovery

11 April 2014 By Brandi Bottalico, Senior Editor 3 Comments
Will continue her regular schedule

Towson President Maravene Loeschke sent an email to faculty and staff Friday afternoon disclosing she was diagnosed with cancer of the adrenal gland.

The cancer was found at an early stage and Loeschke has already undergone surgery, according to the email. She will receive six weeks of external radiation therapy.

“Doctors are confident that she will receive a full recovery,” Marina Cooper, the Deputy Chief of Staff in the President’s Office said.

Loeschke will continue her regular work schedule and will be around campus next week per usual.

“I feel great and have no symptoms of any kind,” she said in the email. “Both Dick and I appreciate your support and understanding during this period. My desire is to address the medical issue and to continue leading the University that I love.”


  • Concerned Faculty said:

    Sorry to hear of this revelation, as this is actually the second bout with cancer that Maravene has had since coming back to campus. I fear that she will not choose to remain at the helm for the rest of her term and that Provost Chandler will soon take over as the Interim President. He is a good an decent person, with far better academic credentials than Maravene. I do wish her a swift recovery.

  • Bothered said:

    “He is a good and decent person with far better academic credentials” You have a lot of nerve using her current struggle with cancer as a platform to get across a snide comment about her qualifications. Additionally, this is not the place for
    you to discuss her medical history or
    previous conditions. Shame on you.

  • DrQuinn said:

    Adrenocortical carcinoma is a rare tumor afflicting only one or two persons per one million population. It usually occurs in adults, and the median age at diagnosis is 44 years. Although potentially curable at early stages, only 30% of these malignancies are confined to the adrenal gland at the time of diagnosis. Because these tumors tend to be found years after they began growing, they have the opportunity to invade nearby organs, spread to distant organs (metastasize) and cause numerous changes in the body because of the excess hormones they produce.

    Typically an aggressive cancer, most (~60%) are found because excess hormone production causes symptoms which prompt patients to seek medical attention.(60-80%) actually secrete high amounts of one or more adrenal hormones. Many will present with pain in the abdomen and flank (nearly all that don’t present with symptoms of hormone excess will seek medical attention because of pain). Some will spread to distant organs (metastasis) which occurs most commonly in the abdominal cavity, lungs, liver, and bone.

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