Sarah Sanders undergoes surgery for thyroid cancer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who is running for governor in Arkansas, underwent surgery Friday for thyroid cancer. Sanders

announced she underwent the surgery after a biopsy earlier this month revealed that she had thyroid cancer. “Today, I underwent a successful surgery to remove my thyroid and

surrounding lymph nodes and by the grace of God I am now cancer-free," Sanders said in a statement released by her campaign. “I want to thank the Arkansas doctors and nurses for

their world-class care, as well as my family and friends for their love, prayers, and support." Sanders, 40, said she looked forward to returning to the campaign trail soon.

Sanders' last public event was at the Arkansas Razorbacks football game on Saturday. Sanders, who served as former President Donald Trump's spokeswoman until 2019, is

running against Democratic nominee Chris Jones. She is the daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee. Sanders, who has shattered fundraising records in the race, is heavily

favored in the predominantly Republican state of Arkansas. The state's current Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, is leaving office in January due to term limits. A doctor

for Sanders said in a statement that he expected her to be back on her feet within the next 24 hours. Dr. John R. Sims, a surgeon at CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock, said

Sanders will need adjuvant treatment with radioactive iodine and continued long follow up care. Sims said Sanders' cancer was a stage 1 papillary thyroid carcinoma, the most

common type of thyroid cancer and said she has an “excellent" prognosis.