Premier Horgan to begin radiation treatment after cancer diagnosis

Premier John Horgan addresses the media on Oct. 21, 2021. || B.C. government photo
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B.C.’s premier will start radiation treatment in the next few weeks after tests confirmed a growth on his throat was cancerous.

Premier John Horgan underwent surgery to remove the lump on Oct. 29.

“The surgery and biopsy that were done last week were successful and I am grateful to the amazing health-care team for all the support I’ve received. The pathology confirmed that the growth in my throat was cancerous,” Horgan said. “My prognosis is good and I expect to make a full recovery.”

He added the radiation treatment is expected to conclude in late December. Horgan said he will continue to participate virtually in briefings, cabinet meetings and other important meetings like the Council of the Federation.

Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general, and other cabinet ministers will attend in-person events in Horgan’s place.

“I would, again, like to thank everyone who sent their well wishes. Your support gives me strength and humbles me. I look forward to being back in the legislature and travelling in the new year,” said Horgan.

Horgan was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2008. He was later declared cancer-free after surgery and treatment.

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