Ho­gan near­ing end of can­cer treat­ment

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION & WORLD -

Gov. Larry Ho­gan said Thurs­day he is near­ing the end of his can­cer treat­ment. “I’m feel­ing great, and I’ve been can­cer-free for nearly a year,” Ho­gan told re­porters at a blood drive for the Red Cross held out­side the gover­nor’s man­sion in An­napo­lis. Ho­gan’s non-Hodgkin’s lym­phoma went into re­mis­sion about a year ago, and he has had monthly chemo­ther­apy treat­ments since then. At the time of re­mis­sion, his doc­tors said the chance for a re­lapse was low. “Once a month, I go in and get a lit­tle booster, just to make sure it doesn’t re­cur,” the gover­nor said. “I have one more treat­ment, and then I’ll be hope­fully done with it for­ever.” The dis­ease had pro­gressed to stage 3 when Ho­gan was di­ag­nosed in June 2015. On Thurs­day, Ho­gan signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der con­tin­u­ing the ten­ure of the Mary­land State Coun­cil on Can­cer Con­trol, an ad­vo­cacy and pol­icy group that helps de­velop strate­gies for early can­cer de­tec­tion and treat­ment. It was es­tab­lished in 1991.

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