University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former U.S. Homeland Security secretary, has been hospitalized after battling cancer secretly for months.

Napolitano has been undergoing treatment for an unspecified type of cancer for the past five months and she is doing ‘extremely well’, the school system said on Tuesday.

The announcement of the 59-year-old’s health condition was revealed after she was taken to hospital due to a side effect of her medication on Monday.

Former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano is undergoing treatment for cancer and was hospitalized with complications on Monday. She was diagnosed with an unspecified type of cancer in August 2016 

She was diagnosed last August with the unknown type of cancer and hasn’t responded to inquiries seeking further details, the UC Office of the President said.  

Her condition was never made public but Napolitano’s office said she has performed her duties at full capacity and is expected to be discharged in the next day or so.

Officials also said in a statement that her treatment is ‘nearly complete’.  

The president of the 10-campus system has kept the chairwoman of the UC Board of Regents informed throughout her treatment, the university said.

Napolitano, 59, is currently the University of California President and her office said her treatment ‘was nearly complete’ 

Napolitano, who previously was treated successfully for breast cancer, was a two-term Democratic governor of Arizona before joining President Barack Obama’s Cabinet. 

She served as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, as governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, as Arizona’s attorney general from 1998 to 2003, and as U.S. attorney for Arizona from 1993 to 1997.

Napolitano now oversees the 10 UC campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.

In November 2004, Napolitano had surgery to remove her right ovary and an ovarian cyst, which was benign. She resumed a normal work schedule three days later.

Napolitano had her right breast removed in 2000 after being diagnosed with cancer.


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