Officials at the hospital would not say when the surgery was scheduled. But they said it was intentionally planned for after the Oct. 16 "Million Family March," at which Farrakhan spoke for nearly three hours and included references to his health.
Farrakhan, 67, announced on Oct. 23 in Chicago that he would have the surgery but did not reveal where or when. "With the help of God, I'll come through all right," he said.
Farrakhan was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991. After undergoing hormone treatments, he underwent implantation of small radioactive "seeds" designed to deliver high doses of radiation to a specific area.
In a statement following that therapy, Howard University Hospital said Farrakhan was "cancer-free."