Reagan to Begin Regular Regimen of Health Checkups


President Reagan will begin following a health checkup regimen this week in the aftermath of his surgery for colon cancer, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.

Spokesman Larry Speakes said that Reagan, who returned to the White House Monday from a 23-day vacation at his Santa Barbara ranch, would have X-rays taken at Bethesda Naval Hospital in the next several days.

Speakes said the President “has a regular regimen of post-operative” examinations with checkups every six months and blood tests from time to time. “You’ll get regular reports,” Speakes told reporters.

“It’s full steam ahead,” Speakes said, referring to Reagan’s plans for a major fall campaign to lobby for his tax revision plan. “His schedule is back to normal.”

On Thursday he will fly to Raleigh, N.C., to discuss his program at North Carolina State University, Speakes said. The President had no public appointments Tuesday.