Minister Dominic LeBlanc With Leukemia

Minister Dominic LeBlanc will begin cancer treatment next week.

In a written statement to the media on Wednesday, LeBlanc is diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia diagnosed in April.

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard says he has organized his treatments so that they do the least harm to his work, which he can afford given the stage of the disease. These must end in the spring.

There is only one week of parliamentary business left in the House of Commons before the Christmas break. Work will resume at the end of January.

Her leukemia was detected by chance during her annual medical examination. The doctor then noted an abnormality in the number of white blood cells contained in the minister’s blood.

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is one of the most common types of the disease in adults, according to Dr. Nicholas Finn, hemato-oncologist at the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont, who is caring for Mr. LeBlanc.

The disease must be followed closely, but it is controllable, says Dr. Finn in the statement. Once his treatments are finished, Dominic LeBlanc will have to be followed regularly by the specialist.

“Jolène and I are very grateful for the attention we have received from doctors,” LeBlanc wrote.

“We recognize that many Canadians face more serious circumstances than my medical situation. I am confident this will have no impact on the work I will continue to do for Canadians. ”

Mr. LeBlanc will celebrate his 50th birthday on December 14th.

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