Ryan O'Neal successfully underwent treatment last week for his Stage 2 prostate cancer and is recovering at his Malibu home, according to Lawrence Piro, his personal physician and oncologist.
Piro tells USA TODAY that the cryosurgery to freeze the cancer-affected areas of the prostate had gone off without a hitch. O'Neal, 71, was "in great spirits and very upbeat."
"He's doing very, very well," Piro says. "We completed the procedure. That went very well. So he's feeling good."
Piro says that doctors will continually monitor the prostate though blood tests in the months ahead to fully take in the results of the procedure.
"But, there were no unexpected complications," he added about Thursday's cryosurgery.
O'Neal has also battled chronic myelogenus leukemia, which has been in "excellent remission for 11 years," Piro says. The Love Story star also had skin cancer removed from his nose, which required 22 stitches (the reason for a bandage over his nose during a book tour promoting his memoir with Farrah Fawcett called The Two of Us).
But with the stitches gone and the prostate cancer treatment behind him, Piro says that "there's an excitement for the future which has made him very reflective."
By Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY