Mark Dayton will have surgery to remove prostate after cancer diagnosis

The governor revealed his cancer diagnosis last month, a day after collapsing during his State of the State speech.
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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will have surgery to remove his prostate following his diagnosis of cancer.

Dayton faced a choice of either having his prostate removed or undergoing radiation treatment to tackle a cancer that the Mayo Clinic in Rochester has described as "treatable and curable" after it was caught early.

Because the cancer is localized to his prostate, Dayton is opting for surgery, saying in a statement Tuesday morning that "hopefully" removing the gland will take the cancer with it.

He will go under the knife on Thursday, March 2, at the Mayo Clinic.

"I am told that I will likely need to spend one night in the hospital; however, after the surgery, I will be in constant contact with Lt. Governor Tina Smith and my senior staff throughout my time at Mayo," he said.

He also paid tribute to those who have been in contact with him since his diagnosis was revealed last month.

“Many friends and strangers have shared with me their experiences dealing with prostate cancer," he said. "You have lifted my spirits and given me both hope and resolve. I am deeply grateful to you."

According to his office, Dayton will be under general anesthesia for around 2 hours. He's expected to resume his full duties on Monday, March 6.

According to the American Cancer Society, men who have their prostates removed have their activities "limited for several weeks" post-surgery. It also has several side effects, which you can read more about here.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer for men, the Mayo Clinic says. How serious it is can vary – some grow slowly and stay part of the prostate gland, and don’t cause much harm; others can grow aggressively and spread quickly.

When it’s detected early, the cancer is more treatable.

The governor revealed his cancer diagnosis last month, a day after fainting during his State of the State speech.

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