New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced on Saturday night that doctors have discovered a tumor on his left kidney. The Governor says there is a 90 percent chance it is cancerous.
The 62-year old Governor will undergo surgery in early March. Murphy tweeted that doctors found the tumor in its early stages and they have “full confidence” he will make a complete recovery.
The Governor added that doctors believe the tumor can be completely removed. The tumor is classified as stage T1A, meaning it is contained in the kidney and is 4 centimeters or less at its largest area.
The Governor says it does not appear that he will undergo either chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
Murphy is expected to be hospitalized for two or three days following his surgery. Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver will serve as Acting Governor while Murphy is hospitalized. The Governor’s Office has not disclosed where the surgery will take place, other than to confirm it will be a hospital in New York City.