Gov. Kay Ivey announces she has lung cancer



Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that she has lung cancer.

The governor said her doctor found a spot on her lung in the last few weeks and that tests determined it was a “tiny, isolated malignancy.”

Ivey, 74, said she will undergo an outpatient treatment at UAB on Friday morning. She said that will allow her to have a series of radiation treatments that have shown a high rate of success. The governor said she expects the impact on her schedule to be minimal.

The doctor who identified the malignancy said he expects the governor to make a full recovery.

The governor’s office released a comment form Dr. William P. Saliski, Jr., D.O., with the Montgomery Pulmonary Consultants:

“Governor Kay Ivey was referred to me to review an abnormal spot on her lung. A biopsy was performed and pathology results revealed a small, isolated malignancy. Upon consultation with our cancer team and reviewing all options available, Governor Ivey determined that these minimal radiation treatments are her preference. Governor Ivey has opted for the least invasive treatment which has an excellent cure rate. I expect her to make a full recovery.”

Reaction to the news from around the state came quickly. Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth released this statement:  “Throughout her career, Kay Ivey has proven herself to be a strong and determined woman who will confront any obstacle placed in her path. The courage and tenacity she has shown in the past will serve her well in the challenge that lies ahead.  “Throughout her treatment, Gov. Ivey will carry with her the prayers, thoughts, and well-wishes of millions of Alabamians, and those of my family and I will certainly be among them.”

Terry Lathan, Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, issued a statement Thursday afternoon. “Governor Ivey’s announcement that she will be undergoing outpatient radiation for a malignant spot on her lung is met with great concern, but we are confident that the Steel Magnolia of Alabama will recuperate quickly. We hope it is a great comfort to her that millions of Alabamians will lift her name up to the Lord’s ear during this time,” she stated. “We also should take this opportunity to be reminded of so many who have walked this challenging path. We believe Governor Ivey will tackle this moment with the tenacity, faith and grace she does with everything.”

State Auditor Jim Zeigler said: “As a cancer survivor myself from 2001, I know that early detection, treatment, and prayer can work. I am confident Gov. Ivey will have the best treatment available, and we have wonderful cancer programs in Alabama. Kay Ivey is one tough lady, and I am confident that the cancer will be the loser in this fight.”