N.B. MP Dominic LeBlanc diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Beauséjour MP and federal cabinet minister, Dominic LeBlanc has been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard says in a news release that his family doctor detected an anomaly in his white blood cell count.

He was immediately referred him to a specialist at the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont University Hospital Centre, where CLL was confirmed after several additional tests and consultations.

Dr. Nicholas Finn, Hematologist-Oncologist at the Moncton hospital, says CLL is one of the most common types of leukemia in adults and must be closely monitored, but can be controlled.

Due to the stage of the condition, Dr. Finn says LeBlanc has some flexibility to schedule treatments in a way that will have minimal impact on his work.

LeBlanc is scheduled to begin his treatments next week, and says he will continue to work and to serve as Member of Parliament and cabinet minister.