NJ Gov. Phil Murphy undergoing surgery for tumor on kidney, likely treatable cancer

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
Photo credit © Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com

TRENTON (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Phil Murphy said Saturday that he will undergo surgery after doctors discovered a tumor on his kidney that is likely cancerous.

"Friends – I’ve got a tumor on my left kidney and will undergo a partial nephrectomy in early March to remove it. The prognosis is very good and I’m profoundly grateful to my doctors for detecting the tumor early," Murphy revealed on Twitter Saturday evening.

NJ.com reports that there is a 90 percent chance the tumor is cancerous, but his doctors have “complete confidence” they will be able to remove it.

Murphy, 62, told NJ.com that it was caught at an early stage and doctors don't think he'll need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will serve as acting governor as Murphy recovers from the surgery at home, according to NJ.com. He's expected to go into surgery early next month.

Murphy used the diagnosis to support a single-payer health system in New Jersey.

"Over 50,000 New Jerseyans will hear the words 'you have cancer' this year, so I’m far from alone here," Murphy tweeted.

He continued: "It’s a situation that far too many families find themselves in. That’s why we’re fighting for them each and every day. Health care is a right, not a privilege for a select few, and skyrocketing medical costs are a national emergency. If there’s anything my diagnosis reminds me of, it’s that preventative services are lifesaving and we need to continue fighting for affordable health care for all."

Sen. Cory Booker wished Murphy a speedy recovery on Twitter.

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