State Rep. Jack Peterman announces cancer setback

State Rep. Jack Peterman, R-Milford, announced today that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The finding is a setback for Rep. Peterman, who has undergone multiple surgeries on his spine over the last two years to correct pinched nerves and relieve impaired motor function.

State Rep. Jack PetermanRep. Peterman said he recently underwent a prostatectomy to remove the malignancy and is currently recovering.

“I’m disappointed by this latest obstacle to returning to full health, but I am not letting it stop me,” Rep. Peterman said. “I am working with my doctors and following their advice to make this recovery as short as possible. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the General Assembly during this period, but I plan to return as soon as is possible.”

No timetable has yet been set as doctors continue to assess the situation and monitor the success of their efforts.

In the interim, Rep. Peterman said his staff and his legislative colleagues will be working to ensure the needs of the 33rd Representative District are met. The district is located in southeast Kent County and includes the municipalities of Magnolia, Bowers Beach, Frederica, Houston, and the northern portion of Milford.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, trailing only skin cancer. It is often successfully treated. In fact, more 2 million American men are prostate cancer survivors.

Rep. Peterman said he remains very optimistic, citing the example of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Last June, The Old Line State’s chief executive was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Following an aggressive treatment regimen, Gov. Hogan’s doctors declared in November they could find no sign of the cancer.

State House Minority Leader Danny Short, R-Seaford, said he and the other 14 members of the House Republican Caucus are supportive of Rep. Peterman and are wishing for his quick return to the legislature.

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