UC President Janet Napolitano hospitalized during cancer treatment

University of California President Janet Napolitano is undergoing treatment for cancer after being diagnosed in August 2016, the UC Office of the President announced in a press release Tuesday. She was diagnosed again in August of a year ago and is nearing the end of her treatment, according to the statement.

However, unspecified side effects she experienced on Monday led to her being hospitalized.

In any case, Napolitano's latest treatment, which wasn't specified, "is almost complete", according to the university.

The president of the 10-campus system has kept the chairwoman of the UC Board of Regents informed throughout her treatment, which is almost complete, the university said.

Her doctors reportedly say she is responding quite well.

A former USA secretary of homeland security and governor of Arizona, Napolitano previously underwent a successful treatment for cancer.

Napolitano was governor of Arizona and the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama before she was hired to lead the UC system in 2013. While she is recovering, the University of California senior leadership will take over in managing the University of California system and in advancing the university's key priorities. Reports indicate that Janet Napolitano is undergoing treatment for a type of cancer that has not been released to the public.

In November 2004, Napolitano had surgery to remove her right ovary and an ovarian cyst, which was benign. However, she returned back to her duties three days later.

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