Governor Ivey has cancer, begins treatment this week

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVY) -- Alabama Governor Kay Ivey will begin treatments for lung cancer this week.

(Source: AL Governor Kay Ivey's Office)

“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,” Ms. Ivey said in a statement.

The governor will begin treatment Friday in Birmingham, after speaking in Dothan Thursday evening. She expects to recover.
“The good news is I am one of the fortunate ones where this was discovered early, and it is very treatable,” she said.

Ivey, in her first full term, is 74. She became governor in 2017 following the forced resignation of Robert Bentley.

Friends say she does not plan to seek another term in 2022. However, Ivey has not revealed her plans publicly.

[GOV. IVEY'S FULL STATEMENT]

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued the following statement:

“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.”

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Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth on Thursday released the following statement regarding Gov. Kay Ivey’s announcement.

“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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Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R - Monrovia) released a statement:

“When it comes to fighting for what matters, Gov. Ivey has proven time and time again that she is a tenacious warrior, and that same steely will and determination will be in full evidence as she begins her radiation treatments.

I know that all of the members of the Alabama House join me in asking for God’s healing hands to embrace our governor throughout her treatment and recovery.”

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(This article updated at 2:28 pm to correct typo regarding Governor Ivey serving in her first term.)



 
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