Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota was delivering his State of the State speech on Monday when he suddenly collapsed.
The 69-year-old mayor was brought to a back room where he was reported to appear conscious. Minutes later, he was up and walking around, House Speaker Kurt Daudt said.
The Governor collapsed about three-quarters of the way through a speech he was delivering on where to bring the state after the November elections, according to DailyMail.
Dayton later told reporters on Tuesday that he has prostate cancer.
“I take it very seriously,” he said, according to MRRnews.com. He called the biopsy he had done just last week a “grim diagnosis,” although he also noted the cancer has not spread.
Dayton will heading to the Mayo Clinic for further tests, but for now, doctors are hopeful he will be able to finish his term.
The severity of the cancer will dictate what, if any, treatment is recommended and Dayton and his doctors might decide to do nothing for now, said Badrinath Konety, chair of the University of Minnesota Urology Department.
“If he had a low-risk prostate cancer or even a small amount of medium-risk prostate cancer, I would probably be inclined to watching this for awhile, at least until he is done with his term and has the ability to focus on treatment more,” said Konety, who is not involved in the governor’s care.
“That would not pose any kind threat to his life in that interim time period and he should have no deletorious side affects of just watching it,” he said.
A higher-risk assessment could make surgery, radiation or a newer therapy unavoidable. Those could slow him down or force him to take time off.
Dayton’s son Eric Dayton, tweeted that he was with his father, and that he was doing great.
I'm with my dad now and he's doing great. Thank you all for your kind well-wishes and words of concern.
— Eric Dayton (@ericdayton) January 24, 2017
Many people on Twitter sent their well wishes for the Governor.
@ericdayton Please tell your dad Miss MN 2011 is praying for him.
— Natalie Davis (@NatalieKCTV5) January 24, 2017
@ericdayton So grateful to hear it! He is a wonderful governor and great man. Sending up prayers for him.
— Lynette Kalsnes (@LynetteKalsnes) January 24, 2017
@ericdayton Scary to see. Take good care of him, Eric.
— Linda Higgins (@LindaIHiggins) January 24, 2017
— Shireen McConnell (@shireenmc) January 24, 2017
— Lee Roper-Batker (@LeeRoperBatker) January 24, 2017
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