CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is recovering from what doctors say was a successful surgery to remove a kidney tumor. Murphy had his surgery in New York where he worked for many years, but the MD Anderson Cancer at Cooper routinely does the same type of surgery the governor received and experts say he was very fortunate.
“Earlier today, Governor Murphy underwent a successful surgery to remove a tumor on his kidney. He is currently resting at a hospital in New York City.” Says @GovMurphy team. Today at 5p on @CBSPhilly we talk to @CooperHospital doctor who does same surgery pic.twitter.com/YemGTRLu6d
— Cleve Bryan CBS3 (@CleveBryan) March 4, 2020
Dr. Jeff Tomaszewski spoke to CBS3 just minutes after completing the same surgery as Murphy — removing a kidney tumor. He ways while most tumors like Murphy are cancerous, there is a high rate of success removing all the cancer and saving most of the affected kidney.READ MORE: Flyers Fans Return To Packed Wells Fargo Center For First Time In More Than 500 Days
Unfortunately, early-stage kidney cancer like this is usually only detected by accident, so many people don’t know they have kidney cancer until it gets to the advanced stages.
Tomaszewski explained why Murphy is very fortunate compared to many patients he sees.READ MORE: Vehicle Hits Multiple Pedestrians Outside Of High School Football Game In Wilmington
“They can be very serious and, unfortunately, we do not have any early detection for these tumors, so there’s no screening test for kidney cancer,” Tomaszewski said.
It’s important to know the risk factors for kidney cancer. They include smoking, being overweight, having a family history of kidney cancer and most patients are over the age of 60.
“One thing you can do without insurance is really be aware of what some of the signs and symptoms are. Realize if you have some of the risk factors, you should really talk to your physician about it and be alert to these things,” Tomaszewski said.MORE NEWS: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Surprises Football Team At Alma Mater Freedom High School In Bethlehem With Video
Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will serve as acting governor until further notice.