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Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens to remain on job following cancer diagnosis (Updated)

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Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is surrounded by her command staff as she speaks with reporters in Santa Ana about the milestones of her first year in office.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced Monday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Hutchens will stay on the job  while seeking treatment. She said it won't affect much of her everyday work, though some of her responsibilities will likely be affected. 

"It's going to require a treatment program of six to eight months," she said, "with a few constraints on my activities." 

The sheriff said that her speaking engagements in particular could be curtailed.

The Orange County Register reported earlier that Hutchens originally announced the news in a memo to her staff, telling them the cancer is contained and “curable.”

Hutchens has been Orange County Sheriff since 2008. Prior to that, she served as a division chief in the L.A. Sheriff's Department.

Hutchens plans to speak to the media about her conditions and how she we continue to handle her responsibilities at 2 p.m. Monday.


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