Liberal MP Arnold Chan has been diagnosed with cancer and will take time away from the House of Commons to battle the disease.
Chan, elected to represent the Toronto-area riding of Scarborough-Agincourt in a byelection last June, said in a statement Thursday that he has been diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer. The rare disease affects the upper part of the throat, behind the nose.
"I will be undergoing a period of aggressive treatment but I have been informed that my prognosis is excellent," Chan said in the statement. "I am confident that my cancer will be beaten."
Chan said he intends to continue to serve his constituents, but that his office staff will help handle work in his absence.
"I am looking forward to returning to Parliament as I am able, so that I can continue to work to put your interests first," he said, adding that he thanks to the University Hospital Network and Princess Margaret Hospital for their care.
Conservative cabinet minister Michelle Rempel was among the first to offer best wishes after Chan shared a link to his statement on Twitter.
.@ArnoldChanMP my best to you, Arnold. You're going to beat this.— Michelle Rempel (@MichelleRempel) January 22, 2015
But others also took to Twitter to express their support.
God bless, good luck, and get better! RT @ArnoldChanMP: Please view my statement on my health:January 22, 2015
I am very distressed to read this. He is such an amazing guy, but I'm confident he will get better! http://t.co/WeUEPffyaJ— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) January 22, 2015
Everyone is cheering for you Arnold! See you soon RT @ArnoldChanMP: Please view my statement on my health:January 22, 2015
A former Queen’s Park staffer and lawyer, Chan took nearly 60 per cent of the vote last year in the byelection to replace longtime Grit MP Jim Karygiannis. Though Conservatives targeted the riding, Chan was able to increase the Liberal margin of victory over the 2011 election results.
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