Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland emotionally announced on Nov. 16 that he is completely cancer-free.
In June, five months into his first term as governor, Hogan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in his lymph nodes, B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the Washington Post reported. He completed 30 days of chemotherapy last month to treat the tumors throughout his body, some of which were the size of oranges.
"As of today, I am 100 percent cancer-free," the governor said at the Nov. 16 news conference, according to the Post.
“I am so incredibly thankful to so many people who have stood by me in the fight,” he added.
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Despite losing his hair, Hogan didn’t abandon his post while undergoing treatment. He approved a light-rail project for Maryland’s Washington suburbs, closed the Baltimore City Detention Center, and announced a plan to overhaul Baltimore’s buses. However, he sometimes held meetings at his hospital.
The battle for Hogan’s health isn’t over yet -- he will begin preventative care and receive scans to monitor his health. Still, the governor remains optimistic.
“God willing, I will be back to 110 percent before you know it,” he said.
Cancer has also changed some of Hogan’s agenda. He plans to continue his advocacy work for other cancer patients.
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“It’s because of these fellow patients that I will remain committed to raising awareness, encouraging research that will one day lead to a cure for this terrible disease,” he said, after receiving a hug from his pen pal and fellow cancer patient 5-year-old Andrew Oberle.
Despite Maryland being a heavily-Democratic state, Hogan held a strong approval rating as of October, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll. Sixty-one percent of respondents approved of how Hogan was handling his job as governor of Maryland, with 28 percent strongly approving. Only 22 percent disapproved of Hogan, and 18 percent had no opinion.
Of the poll respondents, 56 percent said they had heard or read about Hogan's cancer diagnosis, and 44 percent said they had not heard, or heard very little, about his diagnosis.