Gov. Wolf faces cancer diagnosis with high spirits

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he has a treatable form of prostate cancer.

Wolf and First Lady Francis addressed a group of reporters with high spirits, saying the mild form of cancer would not interfere with his duties as governor.

Doctors made the detection sometime between late November, early December during a routine checkup, Wolf said.

Wolf, who took office just over a year ago, said he does not expect to stay in the hospital or undergo chemo or radiation therapy.

Treatment will begin following a vacation Wolf will take with his family.

Wolf, 67, said his decision to reveal the diagnosis comes from his willingness to be open and stress the importance of early detection.

“We are more than hopeful he will beat this,” said Francis Wolf at Wednesday’s press conference. “There’s no reason to be sad.”

Wolf released the following statement:

Frances and I recently learned I have prostate cancer that was thankfully detected early. My doctors made the diagnosis after a regular checkup revealed abnormalities. In consultation with my doctors, I have a planned treatment schedule that will begin in the coming weeks. Those treatments will last the next several months, but they will present no impairment to my ability to perform my duties as governor. Prior to beginning treatment, I will take a brief time to spend with my family. I am very thankful that my doctors caught this cancer quickly and have worked with me to plan a treatment schedule that will address my medical issues and allow me to serve the people of Pennsylvania. I encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to make sure they schedule regular checkups with their doctors and be aware of screening guidelines so early detection and treatment can be possible.

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