Liberal senator Jim Molan has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and will step back from politics for further tests and treatment.
"I will be taking leave from the Senate for further testing to confirm the prognosis, and to commence treatment," Mr Molan announced on Monday afternoon.
The Queanbeyan-based politician said his office would remain open and fully operational during that time.
"My team will continue to work hard alongside my colleagues in the Morrison government on the issues that matter.
"My commitment to serving you, the people of NSW and Australia, has not wavered."
"Whilst this news has come as a shock, I have many reasons to be positive. I am receiving the best possible care from my clinicians, and have the love, support and prayers of my family.
"I have never been afraid to fight the battles that need fighting, and this is no exception. I thank you for your support, and we ask for privacy at this time."
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