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Governor Kate Warner diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Kate Warner

Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

This morning, Government House announced it is the most common form of lymphoma. “This is curable and will require a number of cycles of chemotherapy over a period of several months,” the Governor’s official secretary David Owen said in a statement.

Professor Warner says she will maintain her duties during treatment.

"I should respond well to treatment and hopefully I will also tolerate it well so I hope I can really hope to put this cancer in a little box, let the doctors do the treatment and of course follow what they say but at the same time be able to focus on my role and continue my duties," Prof. Warner says.

Premier Will Hodgman has wished Her Excellency a speedy recovery.

"On behalf of the Tasmanian Government and I believe all Tasmanians we wish you our best wishes as you commence treatment and for a speedy recovery. Her Excellency advised me of the results of her tests late last week - I was very pleased but not surprised that the Governor might wish to continue in her role and to undertake her duties," says Mr Hodgman.

Labor Leader, Rebecca White, says Professor Warner had the full support of the Labor team during this challenging time.

“This news has come as a shock to our members and our thoughts are with Professor Warner as she undergoes chemotherapy over the coming months,” says Ms White.

Professor Warner is patron of the Cancer Council and says her recent diagnosis had given her a greater insight into the disease.

 Main Image: Gary Houston [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons