WASHINGTON—First lady Jill Biden is doing well following her skin surgery, U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters on Thursday, one day after cancerous skin lesions were removed from her face and chest.
“She’s doing really well. She was under a long time,” the president said. “She’s up. We had breakfast this morning. She’s recovering.”
A third lesion was removed from Jill Biden’s left eyelid and sent for examination on Wednesday as part of her procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., the White House physician said earlier.
White House physician Kevin O’Connor said in a statement that the procedure “confirmed that the small lesion was basal cell carcinoma.”
“All cancerous tissue was successfully removed, and the margins were clear of any residual skin cancer cells. We will monitor the area closely as it heals, but do not anticipate any more procedures will be needed,” he said.
In addition, a small lesion was discovered on Jill Biden’s left eyelid and it was fully excised and sent for further examination, O’Connor said.
During her preoperative consultation, an additional “area of concern” was identified on the left side of the first lady’s chest, and it was consistent with potential basal cell carcinoma, O’Connor said.
This lesion also was excised and basal cell carcinoma was confirmed. “Again, all cancerous tissue was successfully removed,” O’Connor said.
Basal cell carcinoma lesions do not tend to “spread,” or metastasize, as some more serious skin cancers such as melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma are known to do, the doctor added.
They do, however, have the potential to increase in size, resulting in a more significant issue as well as increased challenges for surgical removal, he said.