Former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders revealed on Friday that she underwent surgery in Arkansas to treat thyroid cancer.
“During a check-up earlier this month, my doctor ordered a biopsy on a concerning area of my neck and the test revealed that I had thyroid cancer,” said Sanders, 40, a Republican candidate for the governorship of the state. , said in a statement.
“Today I had successful surgery to remove my thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes and by God’s grace I am now cancer free,” she added.
Dr. John Sims, a surgeon at CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock, said Sanders was treated for stage I papillary thyroid carcinoma.
“Sarah is currently recovering from an operation during which we removed her thyroid gland and some of the surrounding lymph nodes from her neck,” he said in a statement.
“The operation went extremely well and I expect her to be back on her feet even within the next 24 hours.”
He added that his diagnosis is “the most common type of thyroid cancer and has an excellent prognosis.”
“Although she needs adjuvant treatment with radioactive iodine, as well as continued long-term follow-up, I think it is fair to say that she is now cancer-free, and I do not don’t expect it to slow her down,” Dr. Sims said. said.
Meanwhile, the mother-of-three has vowed to resume campaigning ‘soon’.
“I want to thank the doctors and nurses of Arkansas for their world-class care, and my family and friends for their love, prayers and support,” she said in her statement.
“I look forward to returning to the campaign trail soon. This experience has been a reminder that no matter what battle you face, do not lose heart. As Governor, I will never stop fighting for the people of our great state.
Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, is the favorite to defeat Democrat Chris Jones in the Nov. 8 election. Arkansas has not elected a Democratic governor since 2010.
Sanders joined Trump’s White House in 2017 after working as a senior adviser to the Republican’s successful 2016 presidential campaign. July 2017. She remained in that role for two years before stepping down in July 2019 and then went to work for Fox News as a contributor.