Lee Zeldin, NY’s likely GOP gov nominee, confirms cancer battle

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Lee Zeldin, NY's likely GOP gov nominee, confirms cancer battle

Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin, the likely Republican nominee in next year’s governor’s race, said Saturday that he has been diagnosed with cancer — and is in remission after nine months of treatment.

“My health is phenomenal and I continue to operate at 110%,” Zeldin, 41, said in a statement released by his campaign.

The four-term congressman from Suffolk County was found to have early stage chronic myeloid leukemia in November, he said, and immediately began “targeted therapy.”

The statement included a note from Zeldin’s hematologist, Dr. Jeffrey Vacirca, who said that his patient’s prognosis was good.

“Successfully treated early chronic myeloid leukemia is now a chronic disease, which carries a normal life expectancy,” Vacirca said.

Rep. Zeldin is considered to be the favorite for the Republican nomination for governor.
Rep. Zeldin is considered to be the favorite for the Republican nomination for governor.
Hans Pennink for NY Post

Zeldin, who is on a six-county campaign swing this weekend, first revealed his cancer status during an Ontario County fundraising event Friday night, according to reports.

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