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Gov. Kay Ivey “cured” of cancer, doctor says

Eddie Burkhalter

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is “cured” of cancer, Ivey’s physician said in a statement Wednesday, following treatment for lung cancer that began in October. 

“Yesterday, my doctors performed a follow-up examination on the site where I received three radiation treatments last September to treat the small, isolated malignancy that was discovered on my lung. Needless to say, I was extremely appreciative to receive another good report from my doctor,” Ivey said in the statement. 

Dr. Alex Whitley, Ivey’s physician at Central Alabama Radiation Oncology, said in the statement that Ivey underwent three months of Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Treatment for stage I lung cancer. 

“She had a follow up surveillance imaging that demonstrates an excellent response to treatment with no concerning features.  She will continue on routine surveillance imaging, but I consider Governor Ivey to be cured,” Whitley said in today’s announcement. 

Ivey announced in September that doctors had discovered an unusual spot on her lungs. Tests confirmed the spot to be malignant, and Ivey began treatment shortly thereafter. 

Ivey completed a first round of non-invasive radiation treatment at UAB Medical Center on Sept. 20. 

“I am profoundly grateful for this good news,” Ivey said in Wednesday’s statement. “Naturally, I want to thank the Good Lord for His abundant grace in my healing. This is one more of the many blessings He has bestowed on my life.

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“I am also incredibly grateful to my dedicated team of physicians who have been candid with me during this entire process. Alabama is home to world-renown researchers and innovators in medicine, and I am so very proud of the work they do in our state.

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“Most of all, I want to thank the good people of our great state for your many prayers and continued support. As I travel throughout Alabama, I have been reminded at every stop that Alabamians are the most thoughtful and loving people one will ever meet. I have been humbled by your support during my recovery, and it is my life’s highest honor to serve as your governor.

“As we start a New Year, I am both hopeful and excited that we can continue moving Alabama forward. May God continue to bless each of you and this great state we call home.”

 

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