Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced yesterday that she will receive treatment for a malignant spot on her lung.
The 74-year-old Republican governor said the spot was discovered in a routine exam and was later confirmed to be what she called an isolated malignancy.
Ivey said she will travel today for an outpatient procedure at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and then will undergo radiation treatments.
“The good news is I am one of the fortunate ones where this was discovered early, and it is very treatable,” Ivey said in a statement.
“Naturally, I welcome your prayers and your support. Just as so many others who have been affected by cancer, I am confident of God’s plan and purpose for my life and feel extremely fortunate this was caught so early.”
The governor said it will not interfere in her ability to serve as governor and “doing the work you elected me to do.”
The governor announced the diagnosis in a statement and video released by her press office. She said she made the announcement because, “I always shoot straight with you.”