Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Friday she had undergone surgery to remove her thyroid after being diagnosed with cancer.
“Today, I underwent a successful surgery to remove my thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes and by the grace of God I am now cancer-free,” said Sanders, the Republican nominee for governor of Arkansas.
“I want to thank the Arkansas doctors and nurses for their world-class care, as well as my family and friends for their love, prayers, and support.
“This experience has been a reminder that whatever battle you may be facing, don’t lose heart.
“As governor, I will never quit fighting for the people of our great state.”
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) September 16, 2022
Dr. John Sims, a surgeon at CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock, performed the successful surgery.
He said she was treated for Stage I papillary thyroid carcinoma.
“Sarah is currently recovering from surgery in which we removed her thyroid gland and some of the surrounding lymph nodes in her neck.
“The surgery went extremely well, and I expect her to be back on her feet even within the next 24 hours.
“While she will need adjuvant treatment with radioactive iodine, as well as continued long-term follow-up, I think it’s fair to say she’s now cancer free, and I don’t anticipate any of this slowing her down,” Dr. Sims said.
Sanders served as White House press secretary for the Trump administration from 2017 to 2019.
She is the daughter of former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R).
She is predicted to easily win her November race and be the next Arkansas governor.
In the statement, Sanders said that she underwent surgery to remove her thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes. She added that she is now cancer free.https://t.co/6m4qzzL3r1
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement just released that she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, but had surgery to remove it today and it was successfully removed. Her physician says she is recovering but he considers her “cancer free.” pic.twitter.com/71DHHl0ftU
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) September 16, 2022