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L.A. Now Live: Gov. Jerry Brown treated for prostate cancer

Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving radiation treatment for early-stage prostate cancer, but is expected to maintain a full work schedule, his office announced.

The Times' Sacramento reporter, Michael Mishak, will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. to discuss the 74-year-old governor's diagnosis and treatment.

Mishak and staff writer Patrick McGreevy reported that Brown is undergoing "conventional radiotherapy."

"Fortunately, this is early-stage, localized prostate cancer," Dr. Eric Small, Brown's oncologist at UC San Francisco, said in the statement. "The prognosis is excellent, and there are not expected to be any significant side effects."

The governor's office said the treatment would be completed the week of Jan. 7, about the time Brown is expected to unveil his proposed budget and deliver his State of the State address.

Brown spokesman Gil Duran declined to provide details about when the governor was diagnosed, what form of radiotherapy he is receiving and the stage of his cancer.

"We have no further comment," Duran said.

This is the governor's second bout with cancer during his return engagement as California's chief executive. Last year he had a cancerous growth removed from the right side of his nose and some reconstructive surgery. He had been treated for the same type of cancer --  basal cell carcinoma -- in 2008, when he had a small spot removed near his right ear.


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