Allen battling cancer, to undergo surgery as early as this week

State Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington)today acknowledged that she has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, and is exploring treatment options.

The veteran Republican senator expects to undergo surgery as early as this week.

"My illness has shown me again just how much the good people of my district and the state of New Jersey care about others," Allen said in a statement. "It's impossible to express how grateful I am for their outpourings of caring, support and love."

The senator askedfor prayers for her healthy return to the Senate as she, her family, and medical professionals come up with strategies to beat her disease.

"My plan is to return to the floor of the Senate at the first opportunity," Allen said. "No illness will prevent me or my experienced and dedicated staff from providing the people of my district with full representation. My district office is open and ready to help any constituent who contacts us."

Allen battling cancer, to undergo surgery as early as this week