University of California President Janet Napolitano has been hospitalized for side effects related to treatment she is undergoing for cancer, the university system said Tuesday.
Ms. Napolitano was diagnosed with cancer in late August, the school said, and is nearly done with her course of treatment. A spokeswoman declined to specify what kind of cancer Ms. Napolitano has, citing privacy concerns.
Ms. Napolitano underwent a mastectomy in 2000. While announcing this latest health development, the school said she “had a previous diagnosis of cancer that was successfully treated.”
Before taking the helm of the University of California system, among the nation’s largest public university systems, Ms. Napolitano served as Secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama between 2009 and 2013. She was governor of Arizona for six years before that.
According to the university system, doctors expect her to be discharged in the next day or so and return to her normal duties “at full capacity very soon.”
The school said that other than the current hospitalization, Ms. Napolitano has been working “without interruption or impact.”
Ms. Napolitano’s announcement comes about a year after Cornell University disclosed that its then-president, Elizabeth Garrett, had been diagnosed with colon cancer. She announced her diagnosis in early February of last year and died about a month later.
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