Arkansas Republican gubernatorial candidate and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Friday that she had surgery to treat thyroid cancer.
Sanders’ doctor found the cancer during a routine checkup earlier this month and that the surgery, which removed her thyroid and “surrounding lymph nodes,” was successful.
“During a check-up earlier this month, my doctor ordered a biopsy on an area of concern in my neck and the test revealed that I had thyroid cancer,” Sanders’ campaign wrote in a statement. “Today, I underwent a successful surgery to remove my thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes and by the grace of God I am now cancer-free.”
“I want to thank the Arkansas doctors and nurses for their world-class care, as well as my family and friends for their love, prayers, and support,” the statement continued. “I look forward to returning to the campaign trail soon. This experience has been a reminder that whatever battle you may be facing, don’t lose heart. As governor, I will never quit fighting for the people of our great state.”
Sanders, a former Trump press secretary from 2017-2019, announced her bid for Arkansas Governor in January 2021.
Sanders’ doctor, John R. Sims, said Sanders will require continued treatment but that she is considered “cancer free” and should be “back on her feet within the next 24 hours.”
“”While she will need adjuvant treatment with radioactive iodine, as well as continued long term follow up, I think it’s fair to say she’s now cancer free, and I don’t anticipate any of this slowing her down,” Sims said.
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