Excerpts by JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press | November 28, 2012 | Updated: November 28, 2012 10:22am Houston Chronicle
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cuban government said Wednesday that a test shows an American imprisoned in Cuba doesn't have cancer, countering a previous statement by a US doctor that a mass on his shoulder should be assumed to be cancerous unless proven harmless.
Cuban officials said in a statement Wednesday that Cuban and American officials met Monday to discuss Gross' health. During the meeting officials discussed in part an Oct. 24 biopsy that confirmed that a lump on Gross' right shoulder is not cancerous, the one-page statement from Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The statement said the test "could not be performed before due to Mr. Gross' refusal" and that Gross' wife, a resident of the District of Columbia, was given the test results during a meeting in Washington on Monday.