Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that he's cancer-free, after a five-month battle with stage three non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Hogan, whose doctors had found 60 tumors in his lymph system in June, finished chemotherapy at the University of Maryland Medical Center last month. He said his doctors have declared him completely cancer-free with the disease in remission.
Hogan, who grew emotional at times, said during his family's Thanksgiving celebration next week, he'll "be giving thanks for the outpouring of love and support I've received over the last five months."
Hogan gave a nod to his staff, saying they ensured the governor's office still got plenty done during his course of treatment, but said it was the support of fellow patients, including one 5-year-old boy, who got him through. He completed 30 days of chemotherapy in total.
Asked the odds of his cancer returning, Hogan said he would like to say it's "good odds" the cancer won't return, but deferred to medical professionals. The cancer with which he was diagnosed was particularly advanced and aggressive.
"I'm counting on zero percent, but the doctors would give you a different number," Hogan said.
Hogan, who assumed office early this year, is scheduled to give the keynote address this week at the Republican Governors Association meeting. He said that even during his treatment, he put in eight-nine-hour workdays and even potentially got more work done than if he had continued his usual round of public appearances.
"We got tons of work done," Hogan told reporters. "We had security briefings, they were coming into my hospital room and I was able to pore over tons of files. In some respects, we got more work done while I was laid up."