Gov. Phil Murphy disclosed Saturday he has a tumor on his kidney that is 90 percent likely to be cancerous and he will soon undergo surgery, NJ.com reports.
Murphy, 62, told NJ Advance Media that doctors caught it at an early stage and have “complete confidence” they’ll be able to fully remove the tumor. He said he does not expect he’ll have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
“The expectation is that overwhelmingly, assuming nothing happens on the operating table or you don’t get an infection or something, you’re back on your feet and back in the game without any impairment going forward,” Murphy said during an interview at his Middletown home alongside First Lady Tammy Murphy.
While 90 percent of such tumors are malignant, doctors won’t know if it is renal cell carcinoma until after the surgery, Murphy’s office said. They said it is stage T1A, which according to the medical website Cancer.Net, is “where the tumor is found only in the kidney” and is 4 centimeters or smaller “at its largest area.” Read more at NJ.com.