SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) -- Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced Monday that she is seeking treatment for breast cancer.
Hutchens released a statement about her condition Monday afternoon.
"On November 9, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer was caught early and is curable," Hutchens said.
"It will require a treatment program and a few constraints with some of the activities I regularly handle over the next 6-8 months," she said.
"At the end of that time, I will be back to my usual self. I will stay fully engaged with my duties and responsibilities as Sheriff-Coroner of Orange County and I plan to run for a second term in 2014.
"As always, it is an honor to serve as your Sheriff and I thank you all for your continued support."
Hutchens has headed the department since 2008, succeeding Mike Carona, who is now in federal prison for witness tampering.
Hutchens is widely credited with cleaning up a department ravaged by scandal.
O.C. Sheriff Diagnosed With Breast Cancer
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