Senate Republican Caucus Chairman announces he has cancer and will be receiving treatment

NASHVILLE – Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) announced today that he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and will be receiving treatment for it. The Senator, who represents Senate District 13 in Rutherford County, said the cancer was discovered last month after he found a small lump in his neck.

“I will be receiving chemotherapy in the coming weeks and my doctors are optimistic the treatment will be effective,” said Senator Ketron. “While this will be a difficult journey, my faith in God and confidence in my doctors make me optimistic that there will be a good outcome. I also appreciate the prayers of others as I walk down this path.”

Senator Ketron said he is hopeful the announcement will let constituents in his district know first-hand about his condition. “Just about everyone knows someone who has cancer or has personally experienced it. I want to be up front with the people in my district about the challenges I am facing and follow in the footsteps of so many brave citizens who have brought awareness to this disease.”

Ketron said he does not expect to be away from his duties for more than a brief period during treatment. “I look forward to continuing to represent the people of Rutherford County in the Senate now, and for many years to come,” he concluded.

Senator Ketron was recently elected after being unopposed for a fourth four-year term.

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