ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) -- The governor of the state of Maryland said Monday that he has "very advanced" and "very aggressive" cancer of the lymph nodes, but he will continue to work as the state's chief elected official.
Larry Hogan, a Republican who took office in January, said the cancer is B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He said it may be Stage 4, or at least a very advanced Stage 3.
Hogan spoke at a hastily organized news conference in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, surrounded by members of his family and cabinet.
Hogan said he's "shocked" by the news. He said he's been feeling good and has had few symptoms, but has tumors, a low appetite and some pain. Chemotherapy treatment is planned.
Hogan said his doctors have told him he has a good chance of beating the disease. He joked that his chance is higher than his chances were of beating his Democratic opponent as an underdog in last fall's election.
Hogan said he will miss some meetings while he undergoes chemotherapy, but won't stop working, like thousands of other Americans who undergo cancer treatment and stay on their jobs.
"I'm still going to be constantly involved" in running the state, Hogan said, adding that his deputy will fill in more for him.