Murphy To Undergo Surgery To Remove Tumor On Kidney

WCBS 880 Newsroom
February 22, 2020 - 7:54 pm
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TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he has a tumor on his kidney and will undergo surgery next month to have it removed.

According to NJ Advance Media, it is 90 percent likely to be cancerous.


"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," the 62-year-old tweeted Saturday. 

"Over 50,000 New Jerseyans will hear the words 'you have cancer' this year, so I’m far from alone here. It’s a situation that far too many families find themselves in. That’s why we’re fighting for them each and every day," he added. "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."

The governor told that doctors have “complete confidence” that they will be able to remove the tumor and that he will most likely not require chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Murphy will reportedly have the surgery at a hospital in New York City and will spend a few weeks recovering at home.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will serve as acting governor during that time.

CBS2's medical correspondent, Dr. Max Gomez, said a partial nephrectomy is a "fancy way of saying removing a part of the kidney."

"These days this is almost certainly done laparoscopically, so the recovery from this is very, very quick," Gomez said.

Lawmakers took to Twitter to offer their support to the governor.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said Murphy is "a fighter and I know this is one he will win. Wishing him a speedy recovery. My thoughts are with him, the First Lady, and their family."

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell said, "The governor is tough as nails and we know he’ll beat this and be on the road to full recovery soon."