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October 3, 2012 3:20 am

Doctor Says Imprisoned Jewish Contractor Gross Could Have Cancer

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Alan Gross with his wife Judy. Photo: Gross family.

A doctor who reviewed medical records for Alan Gross—a Jewish-American contractor imprisoned in Cuba for nearly three years for trying to bring that country’s Jewish community Internet access—said Gross has a tumor in his right shoulder that may be cancerous.

Gross’s tumor is a “potentially life-threatening medical problem that has not been adequately evaluated to modern medical standards,” a press release from Gross’s legal team quoted Cohen as saying.

Cohen, a radiologist who reviewed CT and ultrasound scans released to the Cuban government, said a “soft tissue mass in an adult who has lost considerable weight must be assumed to represent a malignant tumor unless proven to be benign.” Gross has lost 105 pounds since he was jailed. He is serving a 15-year prison sentence.

Jared Genser, Gross’s lawyer, said in a statement that Cohen’s medical analysis “definitively rejects Cuban government claims that Alan Gross’s health is ‘normal.'”

“Cuban government doctors are either guilty of gross professional negligence or they are intentionally hiding what could be a lethal condition,” Genser said.

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