Statements from the Sarah for Governor Campaign

September 16, 2022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The Sarah for Governor campaign today released the following statements:

Statement from Sarah Huckabee Sanders:
“During a check-up earlier this month, my doctor ordered a biopsy on an area of concern in my neck and the test revealed that I had thyroid cancer. Today, I underwent a successful surgery to remove my thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes and by the grace of God I am now cancer-free. I want to thank the Arkansas doctors and nurses for their world-class care, as well as my family and friends for their love, prayers, and support. I look forward to returning to the campaign trail soon. This experience has been a reminder that whatever battle you may be facing, don’t lose heart. As governor, I will never quit fighting for the people of our great state.”
Statement from John R. Sims, M.D.:
“Sarah is currently recovering from surgery in which we removed her thyroid gland and some of the surrounding lymph nodes in her neck. The surgery went extremely well, and I expect her to be back on her feet even within the next 24 hours. This is a Stage I papillary thyroid carcinoma which is the most common type of thyroid cancer and has an excellent prognosis. While she will need adjuvant treatment with radioactive iodine, as well as continued long term follow up, I think it’s fair to say she’s now cancer free, and I don’t anticipate any of this slowing her down.”
Biography of John R. Sims, M.D.:
Dr. John Sims is a Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgeon at CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock, Ark. He came to CARTI from Mount Sinai – Beth Israel in New York City, New York, where he completed a fellowship in head and neck oncologic and microvascular reconstructive surgery. A graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), he completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.