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Mayo: Dayton's cancer was caught early

Gov. Mark Dayton's prostate cancer was caught early and has not spread beyond the prostate, according to tests done at Mayo Clinic.

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's prostate cancer was caught early and is treatable with little disruption to his duties, according to a statement issued today by the governor's office.

Mayo Clinic spokesman Karl Oestreich says in the statement that the governor's cancer "was caught early and is localized, treatable and curable."

Oestreich says the treatment is not expected to affect Dayton's ability to do his job. "His Mayo Clinic physicians have discussed several treatment options with the governor and he is in the process of making his decision," he said. "The governor should be able to carry on his duties serving the citizens of Minnesota without significant interruption."

Dayton, 70, underwent extensive diagnostic testing at Mayo in Rochester on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Linden Zakula, Dayton's deputy chief of staff. Those tests found the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate.

"Governor Dayton is evaluating two recommended treatment options, which are surgery or radiation. He expects to make that decision in several days, and it will be disclosed at that time," Zakula said.

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The governor disclosed Jan. 24 he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer after a routine exam at Mayo. The disclosure came a day after he collapsed while delivering his State of the State address at the state Capitol.

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