Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is about to start treatment for his recently diagnosed leukemia, but he’s not letting it stop him from continuing his work in the House of Commons.
LeBlanc made the announcement on Twitter yesterday.
In the statement LeBlanc says he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) back in April after his family doctor noticed changes in his white blood cell count.
His Oncologist, Dr. Nicholas Finn, says CLL is one of the most common types of leukemia in adults and that LeBlanc’s illness can be controlled.
Finn also says the Minister has flexibility to schedule treatments that will have minimal impact on his work.
LeBlanc says he will continue to work and serve as an MP and Cabinet Minister during his treatments, which are expected to continue into the spring.
He says he and his wife Jolène are grateful for the support they’ve received, and he’s confident it will not impact the work he does for Canadians.