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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announces tumor on kidney, will undergo treatment

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced Saturday he has a tumor on his left kidney and will undergo surgery to remove it next month. 

“Friends – I’ve got a tumor on my left kidney and will undergo a partial nephrectomy in early March to remove it. The prognosis is very good and I’m profoundly grateful to my doctors for detecting the tumor early,” Murphy tweeted.

“Over 50,000 New Jerseyans will hear the words ‘you have cancer’ this year, so I’m far from alone here.”

A spokesperson for Murphy said that the 3-centimeter wide tumor was discovered during a recent check-up and added that according to the governor’s doctor, the tumor is fully treatable due to its early discovery. 

Murphy said the prognosis is “very good” and that he is “profoundly grateful to my doctors for detecting the tumor early.” He said in an interview with NJ Advance Media that he does not anticipate having chemotherapy or radiation treatment. 

The governor, a vocal progressive who is working to craft a state-based health exchange, also took the opportunity to underscore the importance of health care and advocate for its accessibility to more Americans.

“Health care is a right, not a privilege for a select few, and skyrocketing medical costs are a national emergency. If there’s anything my diagnosis reminds me of, it’s that preventative services are lifesaving and we need to continue fighting for affordable health care for all,” he tweeted

Sen. Cory Booker (D) of New Jersey tweeted his well wishes to Murphy, saying his thoughts are with him and his family.

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