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August 10, 2012 at 9:27 PM

KOMO-TV anchor Kathi Goertzen returns to hospital after “setback”

Longtime KOMO-TV anchor Kathi Goertzen has returned to the intensive care unit at a regional hospital after suffering a “setback” in her 14-year struggle with brain tumors.

On its website, the station announced that Goertzen had returned to a hospital and “would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.”

Goertzen, 54, has had at least nine surgeries and multiple rounds of radiation treatment since 1998 for an aggressive type of tumor which attached to her brainstem.

She first interned at KOMO in 1980 and has worked there since, repeatedly returning to work after medical leaves. She was the longtime anchor of its 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts, winning five Emmy Awards and one Edward R. Murrow award.

In a Seattle Times story in May, Goertzen’s doctor said she could not handle any more radiation, and two trips to Switzerland for experimental treatments did not yield the desired effect.

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