MN Governor to have prostate cancer surgery
St. Paul, MN – Democratic Governor Mark Dayton took to Facebook Tuesday morning to update Minnesotans on the state of his health and to announce his upcoming treatment plan.
While delivering the State of the State address in January, Dayton collapsed, raising questions about his health. The next day, Dayton announced he was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. He told reporters that the two issues were likely unrelated.
In Dayton’s Facebook announcement he explained that doctors said his cancer has not spread beyond his prostate and updated Minnesotans on the course of treatment.
“I have decided upon surgery to remove my prostate and, hopefully, all of the cancer.” said the Governor.
Dayton says this procedure shouldn’t keep him out of work long, explaining, “I am told that I will likely need to spend one night in the hospital; however, after the surgery, I will be in constant contact with Lt. Governor Tina Smith and my Senior Staff throughout my time at Mayo.”
Governor Dayton has repeatedly insisted that he will finish the remainder of his term, despite health concerns.
Dayton’s surgery is scheduled for March 2nd at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.