Arkansas GOP gubernatorial candidate Sarah Sanders undergoes surgery for thyroid cancer

Sarah Sanders, the Republican nominee for Arkansas governor and former White House press secretary in the Trump administration, said Friday that she underwent surgery to

remove her thyroid gland after doctors discovered cancer earlier this month. Sanders, 40, said she is cancer free and will be returning to the campaign trail.

“During a checkup earlier this month, my doctor ordered a biopsy on an area of concern in my neck and the test revealed that I had thyroid cancer,” Sanders said. “Today, I

underwent a successful surgery to remove my thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes and by the grace of God I am now cancer-free.” Sanders included a statement from her

physician, John R. Sims, who said her cancer was “Stage 1 papillary thyroid carcinoma,” which he described as the most common type of thyroid cancer. Sims said Sanders will

require “adjuvant treatment with radioactive iodine” and called her prognosis excellent. Sanders, an Arkansas native and daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike

Huckabee (R), managed her father’s unsuccessful presidential run in 2016 before joining Donald Trump’s campaign as senior communications adviser. She also served as a spokeswoman

during Trump’s first presidential campaign. She left the White House as press secretary in June 2019. At the time, Trump urged her to run for governor. At the

White House, she first worked as the top deputy to Sean Spicer, Trump’s first press secretary, until he resigned in July 2017, when she assumed his role. She was the first working

mother and only the third woman to serve as White House press secretary, as reported by the Associated Press.