Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announces she has lung cancer

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announces she has lung cancer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WAFF) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Thursday she has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Ivey was sworn in to office in 2017 following the resignation of Robert Bentley. She was elected to a full term in November 2018. Gov. Ivey issued the following statement on Thursday:

“Throughout my life, I am constantly reminded that I have so much for which to be thankful; God has been incredibly gracious to me. One of the highest honors you have given me is serving as your governor. Because I always shoot straight with you, I want to share a recent challenge that has been placed in front of me.

Within the past few weeks, during a routine exam, my longtime family physician discovered a spot on my lung that was unusual. Additional tests confirmed that this was, indeed, a tiny, isolated malignancy. The good news is I am one of the fortunate ones where this was discovered early, and it is very treatable.The better news is Alabama is home to some of the world’s leading physicians. My team of doctors have assured me this treatment has a very high rate of success and will have a minimal impact on my schedule.

Tomorrow morning, I will travel to UAB for an outpatient procedure, which will allow me to soon begin a series of specialized radiation treatments. None of this will prevent me from continuing to serve as your governor and doing the work you elected me to do.

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.

May God continue to bless each of you and the great state of Alabama.”

Message from Gov. Ivey

The doctor treating the governor, Dr. William Saliski Jr., released an accompanying statement:

“Governor Kay Ivey was referred to me to review an abnormal spot on her lung. A biopsy was performed and pathology results revealed a small, isolated malignancy. Upon consultation with our cancer team and reviewing all options available, Governor Ivey determined that these minimal radiation treatments are her preference. Governor Ivey has opted for the least invasive treatment which has an excellent cure rate. I expect her to make a full recovery.”
William P. Saliski, Jr., D.O., Montgomery Pulmonary Consultants

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth released the following statement:

"Throughout her career, Kay Ivey has proven herself to be a strong and determined woman who will confront any obstacle placed in her path. The courage and tenacity she has shown in the past will serve her well in the challenge that lies ahead.

Throughout her treatment, Gov. Ivey will carry with her the prayers, thoughts, and well-wishes of millions of Alabamians, and those of my family and I will certainly be among them."

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