Anonymous asked: Did FDR have cancer?
In the book FDR’s Deadly Secret (which I reviewed in 2011 right here), Dr. Steven Lomazow and Eric Fettman make a very compelling case that President Roosevelt was indeed dying of brain and abdominal cancer when he suffered his fatal cerebral hemorrhage in April 1945.
As my regular readers know, I am not one who easily jumps to new conclusions about long-believed facts. I’m also quick to doubt conspiracy theories. However, the case laid out by Dr. Lomazow and Mr. Fettman in FDR’s Deadly Secret did convince me that FDR had terminal cancer, that he and his doctors were aware of it, and that it was kept quiet so the American effort in World War II wasn’t affected, and to make sure FDR was able to win his unprecedented fourth term as President in 1944 and attempt to finish what he started, even if the President almost certainly realized he did not have much longer to live. The authors note that his immediate cause of death was still the cerebral hemorrhage that he suffered at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia, but the evidence laid out in FDR’s Deadly Secret is very, very strong — and I believe it.
"Using medical records and the testimony of medical experts interviewed since President Roosevelt’s death, Lomazow and Fettman make some fascinating connections and conclusions. Photographs show a blemish over FDR’s left eye during the early part of his Presidency which spread in size and darkened considerably before disappearing after what appears to be a secret surgical procedure. The blemish, according to many experts in FDR’s Deadly Secret is almost certainly melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer. As Lomazow and Fettman explain, malignant melanoma tends to metastasize in a specific way — to the brain and abdomen — and death is frequently caused by, yes, you guessed it: a cerebral hemorrhage.
The most intriguing evidence in FDR’s Deadly Secret are the photographs which clearly show an ailing President who lost up to 50 pounds in the last year before he died. There have always been questions about whether FDR was competent enough to perform the duties of his office at the Yalta Conference with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet dictator Josef Stalin less than two months prior to his death. In FDR’s Deadly Secret, Lomazow and Fettman question whether Roosevelt was fully capable of performing the duties of his office throughout his third and fourth terms as he was frequently sick from illnesses that, coincidentally, are symptomatic of someone who is suffering from abdominal cancer.
It’s alarming to read how sick FDR truly was for a large part of his Presidency. Surviving records of FDR’s blood pressure are frightening, showing a man with dangerously severe hypertension that his doctors kept hidden from the public. Roosevelt was certainly an important component of the war effort, and I don’t know if I would have rather had anybody else in the White House during the Great Depression or World War II, but FDR’s Deadly Secret raises some intriguing questions about Roosevelt’s fitness for office. More worrisome is the obvious prevarications on the part of the President’s medical staff and press to limit information about Roosevelt’s health from the American people.
It’s certainly not beyond question that Roosevelt would cover-up a medical issue. After all, this is the same man who served as President for over twelve years without most Americans knowing that he was confined to a wheelchair and unable to walk.”
My full review of the book is at the link above, but it is very compelling and full of striking medical evidence — pretty frightening medical evidence, actually, considering how important FDR was to the war effort at a time when he was very, very ill.