Newly appointed associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court David Lillehaug says he has throat cancer.
In a statement released Wednesday, Lillehaug said the cancer won't prevent him from serving on the Supreme Court.
"Fortunately, it has been caught very early, it is localized, and it is highly curable," Lillehaug said.
Here's Lillehaug's full statement:
Last week, I learned that I have throat cancer. Fortunately, it has been caught very early, it is localized, and it is highly curable.
My doctors at the nationally renowned Virginia Piper Institute, part of Abbott Northwestern Hospital, are preparing a seven-week non-surgical treatment plan to start in mid-June. All agree that this development will not prevent me from serving as an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
On Monday, June 3, I will join the Court as scheduled. Both the Governor and the Chief Justice support this plan. While I may experience unpleasant side effects from the treatment (including around late June, the time of my formal investiture), I expect to participate fully in the Court's ongoing work.