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Producer: Farrah Fawcett's cancer spread to liver

Farrah Fawcett is being treated for anal cancerthat has spread to her liver, a producer who worked with theactress said Monday in detailing a more serious situation than haspreviously been described.

In separate phone interviews with The Associated Press,Fawcett's producer and her doctor said that Fawcett is in a LosAngeles hospital, recovering from complications from a medicalprocedure in Germany, and is "not on death's door," as theproducer put it.

>> Photos: Farrah Fawcett through the years.

"She had a minor procedure. That procedure led to a smallamount of bleeding into a muscle in her abdominal wall," whichcreated a sac of blood that caused pressure and pain, said her LosAngeles cancer specialist, Dr. Lawrence Piro. It was "a simpleprocedure" and a standard one, although Fawcett also has pursuedexperimental treatments in Germany, he added.

"She's on the mend and will be going home very shortly," saidher producer, Craig Nevius. "She's doing fantastic. Her fight goeson. ... She's not going anywhere anytime soon."

However, confirmation that the cancer had spread to such adistant site was dire news. The 62-year-old "Charlie's Angels"star was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006, and originally wastreated at UCLA with chemotherapy and radiation -- not surgery assome have reported, Nevius said.

She was declared in remission on Feb 2, 2007, but three monthslater, scans showed "not only had it recurred, it metastasized toher liver," Nevius said.

The latest treatment in Germany tried to address the cancer'sspread to that organ, he said.

Nevius would not say where in Germany she was being treated,just that it was a clinic affiliated with some hospitals. He alsowould not give details on her treatments there, but said mediareports that she was getting stem cell treatments were false.

"It's never had anything to do with stem cells," oralternative treatments like shark cartilage, coffee enemas orunproven "detoxification" diets, Nevius said.

"It's much more scientific than that. It's not a fringetreatment," he said, and the doctors have "multiple, multipledegrees."

An upcoming documentary Fawcett has worked on for several years,"A Wing and a Prayer," co-produced with Nevius and others, willair on NBC soon and give details, he said.

After the procedure in Germany, Piro said Fawcett flew back toLos Angeles because she was anxious to come home. "It turned outthat the procedure caused a small amount of bleeding in one of themuscles of her abdomen, making a hematoma, which was quitepainful."

Piro, who said he regularly consults with her doctors inGermany, said in a statement released on Monday that Fawcett wasusing a wheelchair because it was painful for her to walk. "Thatpain, which was coming from the hematoma, had nothing directly todo with the cancer."

Added Piro: "She remains in good spirits with her usual senseof humor. She's been in great shape her whole life and has anincredible resolve and an incredible resilience."

Nevius said Fawcett is expected to leave the hospital in a fewdays. He said her support system includes former partner RyanO'Neal, her father and "Charlie's Angels" co-stars Kate Jacksonand Jaclyn Smith.

"Let me tell you what she's not," Nevius said. "As previouslyreported by everybody, she's not unconscious. She is not on death'sdoor. The family has not gathered to say goodbye."

Anal cancer is relatively uncommon, but occurs a little moreoften in women than men. An estimated 5,070 cases were diagnosed inthe United States last year, leading to about 680 deaths, accordingto the American Cancer Society.

Meanwhile, Redmond O'Neal, Fawcett's son with Ryan O'Neal, wasarrested Sunday on suspicion of bringing narcotics into a jailfacility and was being held on $25,000 bail.

A deputy at a jail in Castaic, north of Los Angeles, was doing asecurity sweep of the jail's parking lot when he stopped the24-year-old, who admitted he was carrying drugs and was apparentlyat the jail giving a ride to a friend, Los Angeles County Sheriff'sDepartment spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

A phone message left for O'Neal's attorney wasn't immediatelyreturned.

O'Neal was arrested along with his father last year at theactor's Malibu home on suspicion of having methamphetamine while onprobation for a previous drug conviction. He has pleaded not guiltyin that case.

>> Photos: Farrah Fawcett through the years.


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