Doctor: ‘I consider Governor Ivey to be cured’

Gov. Kay Ivey (file photo/WVTM-13)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey’s physician on Wednesday said he considers Ivey to be cured from the lung cancer for which she was treated in the fall.

“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,” Ivey said in a statement. “Needless to say, I was extremely appreciative to receive another good report from my doctor.” 

The governor’s physician, Dr. Alex Whitley of Central Alabama Radiation Oncology, released this statement after Ivey’s exam:

“Governor Ivey is now three months removed from Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Treatment (SBRT) for her 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.”

In the statement issued from Ivey’s office, the governor said, “I am profoundly grateful for this good news. 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. 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.

“Most of all,” she added, “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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Wendy Sack