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.
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.