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Nacchio's 'suspicious growth' biopsied
By Andy Vuong
Denver Post
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Joe Nacchio's dermatologist conducted a biopsy Monday on a "suspicious growth" on the former Qwest chief executive's leg to test it for skin cancer, according to a new court filing.

The results of the test will be known by Friday morning, Dr. Warren Zwecker wrote in a letter filed today in Denver federal court connected to Nacchio's motion to delay the date he must report to prison for his illegal insider trading conviction.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger has ordered Nacchio to report to a Pennsylvania prison camp by noon Monday to begin serving his six-year term.

Nacchio's attorneys have asked to delay the date until April 7.

A hearing is set Thursday to review the motion.

Nacchio has been receiving treatment for several months for the growth on his leg, according to court documents unsealed today.  In Zwecker's letter, he states that if the mass is benign, the "appropriate medical protocol" would be for him to examine Nacchio again on March 26.  If it is malignant, surgery would be required as soon as possible, with a followup visit 10 days to two weeks later.

Zwecker said that although the mass had responded slightly to treatment administered during a February visit, he remained "concerned" and decided to perform the biopsy.

Nacchio's attorney, Maureen Mahoney, did not respond to requests for comment.

Nacchio was convicted in 2007 on 19 counts of illegal insider trading, accused of selling millions in Qwest stock after he was warned by top executives that the company's financial condition was deteriorating.

Mahoney has said she plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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