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Gov. Larry Hogan pauses to greet Boulder, whose owner, Lori Gross, said has lymphoma. Hogan had just signed an executive order that renews the state's Council on Cancer Control. Hogan also said he remains cancer-free in his own battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Gov. Larry Hogan pauses to greet Boulder, whose owner, Lori Gross, said has lymphoma. Hogan had just signed an executive order that renews the state's Council on Cancer Control. Hogan also said he remains cancer-free in his own battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. (Brian Witte / AP)

Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday he is nearing the end of his cancer treatment.

"I'm feeling great, and I've been cancer free for nearly a year," Hogan told reporters at a blood drive for the Red Cross held outside the governor's mansion in Annapolis.

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Hogan's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma went into remission about a year ago and he has been doing monthly chemotherapy treatments since then. At the time of remission, his doctors said the chance for relapse was low.

"Once a month I go in and get a little booster, just to make sure it doesn't recur," the governor said. "I'm completely cancer free, and I have one more treatment, and then I'll be hopefully done with it forever."

The disease had progressed to stage 3 when Hogan was diagnosed in June 2015. The governor put his treatment and experience on public display, curtailing public appearances except for those that raised awareness for cancer.

On Thursday, Hogan signed an executive order continuing the tenure of the Maryland State Council on Cancer Control, an advocacy and policy group that helps develop strategies for early cancer detection and treatment. It was established in 1991.

The group also on Thursday released an updated version of its "comprehensive cancer control plan," a document that gives advice to cancer professionals. It is updated every four years.

The governor told reporters that he will try to raise awareness about cancer as long as he's at the helm of state government.

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