Gov. Tom Wolf diagnosed with treatable form of prostate cancer

Gov. Tom Wolf diagnosed with treatable form of prostate cancer

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Gov. Tom Wolf to discuss his diagnosis of prostate cancer at a news conference this morning. (File photo/Mark Pynes | mpynes@pennlive.com)

By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com
on February 24, 2016 at 10:19 AM, updated February 24, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Gov. Tom Wolf held a news conference Wednesday morning along with his wife, Frances, to discuss his recent diagnosis of early stages of prostate cancer.

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He issued this statement:

“My doctors made the diagnosis after a regular checkup revealed abnormalities. In consultation with my doctors, I have a planned treatment schedule that will begin in the coming weeks. Those treatments will last the next several months, but they will present no impairment to my ability to perform my duties as governor.

“Prior to beginning treatment, I will take a brief time to spend with my family. I am very thankful that my doctors caught this cancer quickly and have worked with me to plan a treatment schedule that will address my medical issues and allow me to serve the people of Pennsylvania. I encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to make sure they schedule regular checkups with their doctors and be aware of screening guidelines so early detection and treatment can be possible.”

Below are tweets from PennLive reporters and photographers covering Wolf’s press conference as it unfolded:

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