Alberta cabinet minister Lori Sigurdson on leave during treatment for leukemia

By The Canadian Press
May 14, 2018 - 3:23pm

EDMONTON -- Alberta cabinet minister Lori Sigurdson is going on medical leave after being diagnosed with a type of leukemia.

Sigurdson, in a social media posting, says she was diagnosed last week after experiencing unexplained symptoms.

The Edmonton-Riverview legislature member says she will begin a variety of treatments but not undergo chemotherapy, and has the support of her sons and other friends and family.

Social Services Minister Irfan Sabir is handling Sigurdson's portfolio in the meantime.

Last week, NDP backbencher Erin Babcock announced she is being treated for uterine cancer.

Babcock, who represents Stony Plain, says she is undergoing aggressive treatment that will take a number of months, and she will continue working during that time.


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