04/29/2014 12:36 EDT | Updated 06/29/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia NDP member Gordie Gosse says he has been diagnosed with cancer

SYDNEY, N.S. - Nova Scotia NDP politician Gordie Gosse says he will be reducing his duties as he undergoes treatment for cancer.

Gosse announced Tuesday that he was diagnosed with cancer late last week.

"Like hundreds of other Nova Scotians I am nervous and scared about the fight I am about to embark on," Gosse said in a statement. "But it's a fight I am determined to win."

The member for Sydney-Whitney Pier said he will be required to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments and as a result, he will be curtailing his work as a member.

"Spending time away from my constituents and my colleagues in the house of assembly will not be easy for me," he said.

"Everyone from the Pier all the way to Province House knows how much I like to talk. But I owe it to my family, friends and colleagues to get better, and that means listening to my doctors. I trust people will understand my need for privacy during my treatment and recovery."

He said it's his goal to return to the legislature in the fall and in the meantime, constituents will be able to rely on his staff.

Gosse was first elected in 2003 and served as Speaker from 2011 to 2013.