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Immediate Release

Statement From Walter Reed Military Medical Center Officials on Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Health Status

Dr. John Maddox, Trauma Medical Director, and Dr. Gregory Chesnut, Center for Prostate Disease Research of the Murtha Cancer Center Director, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, provided the following statement today regarding Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's medical care:

Secretary Austin was seen today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a scheduled post-prostatectomy surveillance appointment. He continues to recover well and is expected to make a full recovery. Secretary Austin's prostate cancer was treated early and effectively, and his prognosis is excellent. 

Beyond planned physical therapy and regular post-prostatectomy follow up appointments, he has no planned further treatment for his cancer.