Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Larry Hogan's Cancer: A Challenge He will win

Larry Hogan’s cancer: a challenge he will win


A media feeding frenzy occurred, on Monday June 22, as Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland revealed he had advance cancer. In an emotional address from Annapolis, with his family beside him, he openly discussed the extent of his illness. Hogan noted that lymphoma, discovered in its late stages, is affecting many regions of his body. Presently symptomatic he will undergo treatment immediately at a John Hopkin’s oncological center. Specific therapies have not been announced though chemotherapy has been very successful in lymphomas such as the type Hogan has contracted. Seventy percent of individuals are living 5 years after instituting therapy, even in those whose disease was discovered in its advanced stages. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/maryland-gov-hogan-says-he-has-been-diagnosed-with-cancer/ar-AAbY2Wh?ocid=ansnewsreu11


Hogan has been diagnosed with a non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which affects the lymphatic system in the body. Governor Hogan hesitated when revealing the stage of his lymphoma noting it was a late stage 3 or an early stage 4. With the information noted so far it appears to be a stage 4. http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/government/cgnews-gov-hogan-to-announce-cancer-diagnosis-20150622-story.html Numerous physicians have been interviewed concerning the Governor’s condition. Most of these physicians are extremely optimistic the cancer can be rendered neutral or cured. The author lost a brother to lymphoma in the 1960s. Since then the evolution of treatment modalities has been nothing less than fantastic. Chemotherapy regimens can literally sweep the cancer out of a patient. For the Governor 18 weeks of chemo are ahead.


Maryland hired a tough Governor who beat back the challenges of several worthy opponents. Hogan’s vim and vigor brought him to the State House. The lymphoma may weaken him physically yet he has a strong spirit which will carry him through this stage of his life. With a great team of doctors and an extremely supportive family Hogan will be around for many years to come. I know many in the State of Maryland are praying for his rapid recovery, as is the author of this article. Get well quick Governor you have much work ahead to make Maryland right again.


Mark Davis MD, President of Davis Media and Writing Services. www.daviswritingservices.com platomd@gmail.com

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