Labor MP Prue Car has announced she is taking leave for cancer treatment after testing revealed she had a large tumour on her kidney.
The New South Wales deputy Opposition Leader on Monday said she had some “hard news to share”, adding the diagnosis had come as “quite a shock”.
“Following recent tests, I was found to have a large tumour on my kidney. It would be no surprise to you all that this has come as quite a shock,” Ms Car said.
“I have informed the NSW Labor Leader, Chris Minns, that I will be taking some leave over the coming weeks for cancer treatment.”
Ms Car said the “prognosis is looking positive” as she praised the healthcare workers who are looking after her while she undergoes treatment.
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“I am deeply grateful to have access to the world class health care we are so lucky to have in Australia as I receive treatment,” she said.
“I would like to acknowledge our hard working, compassionate, skilled but overworked doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who are guiding me through this process.”
“Over 4,300 Australian women and men are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year.
“Early detection is key in the treatment of any cancer. I encourage anyone concerned about their risk or experiencing worrying symptoms to contact their doctor.”
Ms Car has represented the western Sydney seat of Londonderry since March 2015, taking on the deputy Labor leader role in June 2021.
She is also the shadow minister for education and the shadow minister for early childhood learning.
“I look forward to being back out and about soon fighting for our community, contesting the 2023 NSW State Election as the Labor candidate for Londonderry and, as Deputy Labor Leader, working hard to elect a Chris Minns Labor Government,” Ms Car said.
“I am buoyed by such loving support from my incredible family, friends, colleagues and my beloved local community – thank you for your support.”
Ms Car has received messages of support from across the political spectrum, with NSW deputy Nationals leader Bronnie Taylor tweeting “Take care Prue” and Liberal Willoughby MP Tim James saying “Wishing you well Prue”.
Labor MP for Maitland Jenny Aitchison said: “All my love and strength to you Prue. You need to take care of you now, so you can continue your outstanding care and service to your community ASAP. Your team is fabulous and we are all behind you”.