Bishop Murry’s leukemia in remission

YOUNGSTOWN — Diocese of Youngstown Bishop George V. Murry, who has been battling leukemia, was informed by his doctors that it is in remission and he will not have a bone marrow transplant.

The bone marrow transplant originally was scheduled for this fall.

Officials with the Diocese of Youngstown said this week that in July, Murry entered the Cleveland Clinic for a reoccurrence of leukemia. During a 28-day program of chemotherapy, the goal was to prepare him for a bone marrow transplant.

Officials said the doctors were very pleased to announce that Murry’s tests confirm he is in remission, and at this time, the doctors are not recommending that he have the bone marrow transplant that was scheduled for this fall.

Medical personnel are evaluating other treatments to ensure Murry remains in remission.

During his absence, Monsignor Robert Siffrin, vicar general with the Diocese, has taken over the majority of Murry’s duties.

Officials have said Murry is doing well and is expected to be returning home from the Cleveland Clinic.

Murry was first diagnosed with acute leukemia in April 2018 and underwent four weeks of inpatient treatment at the Cleveland Clinic. He announced in September 2018 that he was cancer-free, but in July the leukemia returned.

The bone marrow transplant was recommended by his doctors, believing it is the best way to prevent another occurrence of the cancer.

The Diocese of Youngstown covers Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Trumbull counties.