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Gov. Phil Murphy disclosed Saturday he has a tumor on his kidney that is 90 percent likely to be cancerous and will soon undergo surgery, according to a report on NJ.com.
Murphy, 62, told NJ Advance Media that doctors caught it at an early stage and have “complete confidence” they’ll be able to fully remove the tumor. He said he does not expect he’ll have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
According to the report, the Governor said he was lucky to have caught it early.
Murphy said he will undergo surgery in early March, will be hospitalized for two or three days, and then spend a few weeks recovering at home. Murphy’s office did not disclose the hospital where the surgery will take place but said it is in New York City.
ABC News referred in its report to the tweet made by Murphy wherein he shared the news about his health.
Friends – I’ve got a tumor on my left kidney and will undergo a partial nephrectomy in early March to remove it. The prognosis is very good and I’m profoundly grateful to my doctors for detecting the tumor early.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) February 23, 2020
“Over 50,000 New Jerseyans will hear the words “you have cancer” this year, so I’m far from alone here. It’s a situation that far too many families find themselves in. That’s why we’re fighting for them each and every day,” Murphy added.
Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement on the Governor’s recent announcement:
“Tish and I are saddened to learn of Governor Murphy’s health challenge. We spoke earlier and are confident he will have a full and speedy recovery. We wish the best to the Governor, First Lady, and the entire Murphy family. His good health is foremost in our minds and hearts.”
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) New Jersey Government Relations Director Samantha DeAlmeida released the following statement:
“We are concerned for Gov. Murphy after learning about the tumor that was discovered on his kidney. Some 2,000 New Jerseyans and 73,750 Americans will be diagnosed with kidney cancer this year. It is crucial that all new Jerseyans have access to care because early detection saves lives and protects health.
“We join all New Jerseyans in offering support to Gov. Murphy and his family and hope for a speedy recovery. We would like to let the governor know that we are available to help him and his family through this journey.”