Harrisburg, PA (AP) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he has a treatable form of prostate cancer.
The 67-year-old Wolf said Wednesday that the cancer was detected early by his doctors. He says he has a planned treatment schedule that will last several months.
Wolf says it will not impair his ability to perform his duties as governor. He says treatment will begin in the coming weeks.
The Democrat took office in January 2015.
At a news conference, Wolf declined to specify what his treatment will be, but he said it will not involve chemotherapy.
He says the cancer was detected during a routine checkup.
His wife, Frances, joined him at the news conference. She says, "We don't have to be sad about this."
The governor released the following statement Wednesday morning.
“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.”