Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has been detected with an innovative, aggressive form of cancer, he announced Monday.
Hogan, 59, exposed throughout an interview Monday he has B-cell non-Hodgkins lymphoma, explaining the diagnosis as shocking news to me but appearing determined to fightto combat his health problem. He was diagnosed just days ago, he stated.
I wont just beat this illness, I will certainly fight it and beat it and be a more powerful guv when we get to the opposite, he stated.
Hogans discovery came five months to the day after he was inaugurated as governor. He said he told his household the tough news on Daddies Day, and was surrounded by them in Annapolis when he made his public announcement shortly after 4 pm Monday.
He said he has growths that have actually spread through his abdominal area and are pressing up versus his spinal column.
On a phase [of cancer], were not rathernot sure yet, he said. Its at least extremely sophisticated stage III, if not stage IV.
Non-Hodgkins lymphoma is a cancer that comes from in the lymphatic system, the bodys disease-fighting network, according to the Mayo Center.
Hogan stated he was detected after discovering a lump under his chin while shaving. They discovered 12 more of these things in my neck, he stated.
He said he had 20 or 30 more tumors in his core and groin area, including he has been having lots of tests and procedures which his team of medical professionals are treating his case aggressively.
The governor states his physicians have actually informed him he has a good possibility of beating the illness and he will certainly quickly be taking some time off to undergo aggressive chemotherapy due to the fast-growing nature of his cancer.
As far as the treatment, they want to be as aggressive as possible … he said. Theyre going to put me in the healthcare facility for four days and shoot me with intense chemotherapy in extensive care.
He also said he anticipates to lose his hair as an outcome.
Most likely Im going to lose my hair– I wont have these gorgeous gray locks, he said. I might trim down a bit.
He said he didnt understand how it started or for how long he has had the health problem.
It just hit me in an extremely brief durationtime period, he said.
Most treatments for non-Hodgkins lymphoma are done without long-lasting hospitalization, Dr. Catherine Broome of Medstar Georgetown University Healthcare facility stated.
Aggressive lymphomas typically respond veryextremely well and really quickly to the treatments that we recommend, she stated, explaining drugs offered intravenously as soon as every 3 weeks on an outpatient basis.
The guv appeared nervous at the start of his his interview, but appeared to end up being moreupbeat and confident as he went on. He split jokes but said, Its a tougha bumpy ride to go through.
Hogan said he plans to work as much as he is able, describing himself as a workaholic. He was greeted with laughter when he stated that if he halved his work hours, he would still be working more than any other guv.
Im going to miss out on a few meetings but Ill have every capacity to make choices, Hogan stated. He said Lieutenant Gov. Boyd Rutherfordwill step up much more, as will certainly his cabinet.
The truth is, Im justsimilar to the more than 70,000 people identified with lymphoma every year who battle it, beat it and remain to do their tasks at the same time, Hogan said.
Hogan said he has energy and very little pain, however very little of a cravings, either.
Ive been feeling fine, he stated.