Bishop Robert N. Lynch, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, says he has made "enormous progress'' since his last surgery. Writing on his blog Sunday, Lynch, 68, also announced that he is cancer-free. He expects to be discharged in about eight days.
The bishop, whose diocese spans Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties, first made his health problems public on July 7. He said then that a colonoscopy had revealed a large polyp and that his gastroenterologist had advised it be removed and tested for colorectal cancer. That surgery was performed on July 27. He was rushed into a second surgery Aug. 6 because of sepsis, a bacterial infection in the bloodstream.