University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former U.S. Homeland Security secretary, has been undergoing treatment for cancer and was hospitalized Tuesday with complications, the school system said.
Napolitano, 59, was diagnosed last August, the Office of the President said in a statement, but it did not say what type of cancer she has or respond to inquiries seeking further details.
Her office said Napolitano has performed her duties at full capacity and is expected to be discharged in the next day or so. The president of the 10-campus system has kept the chairwoman of the UC Board of Regents informed throughout her treatment, which is nearly complete, the university said.
Napolitano, who previously was treated successfully for breast cancer, was a two-term Democratic governor of Arizona before joining President Barack Obama's Cabinet.
Sending thoughts, prayers, and strength to Governor Napolitano for a speedy recovery! https://t.co/wgvNrkJRc1
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) January 17, 2017
She served as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, as governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, as Arizona's attorney general from 1998 to 2003, and as U.S. attorney for Arizona from 1993 to 1997.
Napolitano now oversees the 10 UC campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.
In November 2004, Napolitano had surgery to remove her right ovary and an ovarian cyst, which was benign. She resumed a normal work schedule three days later.
Napolitano had right breast removed in 2000 after being diagnosed with cancer.