Liberal senator Jim Molan has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and will be taking leave from the Senate for further testing.
"Whilst the news has come as a shock, I have many reasons to be positive," Senator Molan said in a statement on Monday.
"I am receiving the best possible care from my clinicians, and have the love, support and prayers of my family."
Senator Molan will take time away from the Senate to confirm the prognosis and to commence treatment. but assured that his work will continue.
"Although I am personally stepping back for a while, my office will remain open and fully operational. My team will continue to work hard alongside my colleagues in the Morrison Government on the issues that matter. My commitment to serving you, the people of NSW and Australia has not wavered."
Prime Minister Scott Morrison sent and encouraging message to Molan and praised his work ethic.
"We’ve worked together for over a decade now and you’ve always put your service above all else. Even now, in sharing this news of your illness, your thoughts still turn to how you can continue to serve," Mr Morrison tweeted.
"You’re and incredible person Kim and we will all be here to support you through this challenging time ahead."
Senator Molan is a former major general in the Australian army.
"I have never been afraid to fight the battles that need fighting, and this is no exception," he said.
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