SMALL ROCK, Arch. (AP) – Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, a Republican candidate for governor of Arkansas, was released from a hospital on Saturday after undergoing surgery for thyroid cancer.
“Following successful surgery on Friday to remove her thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes and in consultation with her doctor, Sarah was discharged from a hospital in Arkansas, cancer-free,” Sanders spokesman Judd Deere said. . “She will spend the rest of her recovery at home.”
Deere told The Associated Press that Sanders, 40, plans to resume campaigning “soon,” but it’s unclear exactly when she will return.
Sanders said Friday when announcing the operation that a biopsy earlier this month revealed she had thyroid cancer.
Dr. John R. Sims, a surgeon at CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock and one of Sanders’ doctors, said Sanders’ cancer was stage 1 papillary thyroid carcinoma, the most common type of prostate cancer. thyroid and said she had an “excellent” prognosis.
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Sims said Sanders will need adjuvant radioactive iodine therapy and ongoing long-term care.
Sanders, who served as former President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman until 2019, is running against Democratic candidate Chris Jones. She is the daughter of the former governor. Mike Huckabee.
Jones and his wife, Jerrilyn, released a statement Friday saying their family is thinking of Sanders and praying for her.
Sanders is heavily favored in the predominantly Republican state of Arkansas to win the position currently held by Republican governor. Asa Hutchinson, who is stepping down in January due to term limits.
She runs primarily on national issues in the Arkansas race, promising to use the governor’s office to fight President Joe Biden and the “radical left.”
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