The Bishop of Western Sydney, Ivan Lee, is to undergo further surgery after a recurrence of cancer.

The news was disclosed in an emailed letter to rectors from Bishop Lee on Wednesday, 18th July.

"I have been undergoing a range of tests in the past couple of weeks, and yesterday it was confirmed by specialists at North Shore Hospital that a cancer has developed again in my pancreas. Although this is very distressing news, the good news is that the cancer does not seem to have spread and the surgeon has said he is able to operate." Bishop Lee said.

An operation to remove the pancreas and spleen is scheduled for next Tuesday. Bishop Lee underwent 11 hours of surgery in 2015 for the original cancer diagnosis. This surgery will take four hours.

"Naturally, Virginia and I would appreciate your prayers, that the operation goes smoothly without complications, and that recovery will go well. 6 months of chemotherapy will follow." Bishop Lee said. "So many people, including church members, sustained me through their prayers back in 2015 and 2016."

"Virginia, our three daughters and I all have a firm trust in God’s goodness. He has already given us the greatest gift of all, his Son the Lord Jesus who died for our sins, and eternal life. We are also grateful for the past two and a half years of reasonable health. We will continue to trust him no matter what happens. Glory to God." the letter concluded.

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