ANNAPOLIS – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Monday afternoon he has an advanced form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but he will remain in office as he battles the disease. With his family and members of his cabinet by his side, Hogan said doctors told him his cancer has “spread rapidly” and is “at least” at advanced […]
ANNAPOLIS – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Monday afternoon he has an advanced form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but he will remain in office as he battles the disease.
With his family and members of his cabinet by his side, Hogan said doctors told him his cancer has “spread rapidly” and is “at least” at advanced stage three or even stage four, but he will know more after receiving results from a bone marrow test. Hogan said he has undergone dozens of tests since discovering a “golf-ball sized lump” on his neck while shaving during his trip to Asia last week. After visiting his primary-care physician, Hogan underwent an ultrasound, MRIs and a CT scan, which revealed 12 more lymph nodes in his neck and chest. After a full-body MRI, Hogan said, doctors discovered 20-30 more nodes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma originates in the lymphatic system, the disease-fighting network spread throughout one’s body. In non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, tumors develop from lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is more common than the other general type of lymphoma — Hodgkin lymphoma.
Though the news originally “shocked” him, Hogan said he remains upbeat, energetic and committed to fighting the cancer while continuing to serve the state. Hogan said he will have to undergo 18 weeks of chemotherapy treatment.
“There is a very strong of success, not only a strong chance of survival but of beating it altogether and getting rid of the cancer,” Hogan said. “The best news is that my odds of getting through this and beating this are much, much better than the odds I had of beating Anthony Brown to become the 62nd governor of Maryland.”
Hogan, who made his announcement on the same day he celebrated five months in office, upset the former lieutenant governor in last year’s election to become Maryland’s first Republican governor since Bob Ehrlich won in 2002.
“The doctor told me it will be like going to hell and back again, but you’ll love it when you get back,” Hogan said of the treatment process.
Hogan promised to continue working, but said he will have to miss a few meetings to undergo treatment.
“Most likely I’m going to lose my hair; I won’t have these beautiful grey locks. I may trim down a little bit, but I won’t stop working to change Maryland for the better. I will be working hard and making the decisions that the people of this state elected me to make.”
Hogan said he has the “utmost confidence” that his staff and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford will step up and fill in for him at meetings when necessary.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III said the announcement shocked him, but he and the rest of the county will support Baker throughout his battle.
“Politics don’t matter. I get along well with the governor. He’s from Prince George’s County, he knows the county well. He also knows about health-related issues,” Baker said. “In these times we come together as Marylanders and Americans and are praying for the governor’s speedy recovery.”
Hogan’s recovery process will take some time, Baker said, but he has a good support system with his family behind him. The county wants Hogan to focus on getting better, Baker said. The issues of the state will continue to be there, he said.
County Council Chairman Mel Franklin said the council looks forward to Hogan’s strong recovery very soon. They are confident, he said, the state government will continue to operate efficiently and effectively.
“Today we received the difficult news that Governor Larry Hogan is battling an advanced and aggressive form of cancer,” Franklin said. “The County Council wishes Governor Hogan and his family well as he no doubt faces this serious life challenge with the same determination and resolve he employs in his continued service to the state of Maryland and Prince George’s County.”
Several members of Congress, including Representative Donna Edwards and Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, offered their thoughts and prayers to Hogan and his family.
“Through his focus and determination, Gov. Hogan has proven to be a disciplined and determined fighter, and I have no doubt he will use those qualities to overcome this challenge,” Edwards said. “I wish Gov. Hogan every ounce of strength for a successful recovery. All of Maryland will be with him.”
“Those of us who have worked with Governor Larry Hogan know he is a fighter. I know the governor also enjoys the love of an amazing family,” Cardin said. “The Hogan family will be in my thoughts and prayers as they navigate this difficult time together. Governor Hogan should know that he has an entire state supporting him in his battle against this terrible disease