US Defence secretary Lloyd Austin returns to work at the Pentagon after cancer surgery


Austin’s lack of disclosure has prompted changes in federal guidelines and has triggered an internal Pentagon review and an inspector general review into his department’s notification procedures. Both reviews are ongoing.

Austin has been working from home since he got out of the hospital on Jan 15, and he made his first public appearance early last week during a virtual Ukraine contact defence group meeting. He gave opening remarks for the meeting via a video camera that was streamed online.

Doctors at Walter Reed said on Friday that Austin’s prostate cancer prognosis is excellent and no further treatments will be needed. He saw doctors for a checkup on Friday.

Austin has been criticised for keeping secret his prostate cancer diagnosis, surgery and subsequent hospitalization with complications from the procedure.

He was diagnosed in early December and had what the Pentagon described as a “minimally invasive surgical procedure”. called a prostatectomy, to treat the cancer on Dec 22. He was under general anaesthesia during this procedure and had transferred some authorities to his deputy defence secretary, Kathleen Hicks. He was discharged the next day and continued to perform his duties.



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