Premier Horgan Says Growth in His Throat was Cancerous

Updated: Nov 19

November 4th


Last Thursday Premier Horgan told British Columbians he was scheduled to undergo throat surgery to remove a lump in his throat. The lump was removed and a biopsy sample was taken.


For the last few days, the Premier has been attending cabinet meetings and performing other duties "virtually".


Today Hogan shared the results of the biopsy. The lump in his throat was cancerous.


Premier Horgan says the prognosis for a full recovery is good.


The Premier will receive a series of radiation treatments until the end of December.

Office of the Premier

Premier’s statement on his health


Premier John Horgan has released the following statement regarding the latest state of his health:


“The surgery and biopsy that were done last week were successful and I am grateful to the amazing healthcare team for all the support I’ve received. The pathology confirmed that the growth in my throat was cancerous.


“My prognosis is good and I expect to make a full recovery. In the next couple of weeks, I will need to start radiation treatment, which will conclude toward the end of December.


“During that time, I will continue to participate virtually in briefings, cabinet meetings, and other important meetings like the Council of the Federation. For in-person events, Minister Mike Farnworth and other cabinet ministers may attend in my place.


“I would, again, like to thank everyone who sent their well wishes. Your support gives me strength and humbles me. I look forward to being back in the legislature and traveling in the new year.”


This is Premier Horgan's second known brush with cancer. He was diagnosed and successfully treated for bladder cancer in 2008

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