Maryland Governor to Begin Chemotherapy Soon

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Just days after he announced that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a news conference that he will begin chemotherapy soon.

Hogan, who wore a bright green ribbon on his lapel, signifying his support for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Maryland chapter, also told reporters that a bone marrow biopsy performed on him came back clear, meaning that his disease is not stage IV, as had been reported at some outlets, but stage III.

"It's much less complicated even though it's pretty far spread," the Republican Governor said. "It makes my chances much, much better. It makes it easier to go after this thing.

"It's been a terrible thing to have this [diagnosis] come up, and I wasn't expecting it, but the good part of it is just the outpouring of friendship and well-wishes from all across the aisle," he said, adding that his toughest critics have extended their support. "Some of our little squabbles don't seem nearly as important when you're faced with something like this."

His treatment will begin following the weekend, when on Monday he goes to Baltimore's University of Maryland Hospital Center for four days of intensive chemotherapy.

(Photo credit: NBC)

Sources: Various outlets

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