According to an excerpt from his book “Breaking History: A White House Memoir” provided to The New York Times, Jared Kushner, a billionaire real estate developer and former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, received thyroid cancer treatment while serving as senior advisor to the president.
According to American Cancer Society data from this year, there were 43,800 new cases of thyroid cancer reported, including 11,860 men and 31,940 women, as well as 2,230 deaths from the disease (1,070 men and 1,160 women).
“Until recently, thyroid cancer was the most rapidly increasing cancer in the United States, owing largely to increased detection,” the organization stated. “A large part of this increase appears to be due to the use of more sensitive diagnostic procedures, such as CT or MRI scans (done for other medical problems), which can detect incidental small thyroid nodules that would not have been found otherwise.”
In 2019, Kushner, 41, was flying on Air Force One to Texas for the opening of a Louis Vuitton factory when White House physician Sean Conley informed him that his test results from Walter Reed Military Medical Center had come back positive.
Thyroid cancer, which can cause symptoms like neck swelling or a lump in the neck, is often diagnosed at a younger age than most other adult cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. According to the National Cancer Institute, it affects the thyroid gland, a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the throat that uses iodine to regulate hormones that regulate the amount of calcium in the blood, heart rate, body temperature, and metabolism.
According to the institute, surgery is the most common treatment for the condition.
Kushner wrote in his memoir, which is due out next month, that a doctor at New York-Presbyterian Hospital “concluded that I needed surgery to remove an unusual growth in my thyroid, and we scheduled the operation for the Friday before Thanksgiving.”
Kushner was involved in discussions about a trade agreement with China at the time. After the diagnosis, Kushner said he focused on work and tried “not to think about the upcoming surgery or the unwanted growth in my body.” He went on to say that he reminded himself that the situation “was in God’s and the doctors’ hands, and that whatever happened was out of my control.” I had moments when I wondered if I would require extensive treatment.”
According to Biography, before joining the staff of his Republican father-in-White law’s House, Kushner was a major financial supporter of the Democratic Party and various charities.
He is the son of Charles Kushner, a real estate developer who was sentenced to two years in prison for tax evasion, witness tampering, and illegal political campaign contributions. Kushner took over his father’s real estate business while he was in prison, and in 2006, the year after his father pleaded guilty, he purchased the New York Observer and became its publisher. He was named CEO of Kushner Companies two years later.
After dating for about two years, he married Ivanka Trump, who converted to Orthodox Judaism for the marriage. They have two sons and a daughter. Following his election victory in 2016, Donald Trump appointed Kushner as a senior adviser to the president in 2017.
According to Kushner, he did not want many people, including the president, to be aware of his diagnosis. He planned his surgery around Thanksgiving in order to keep the procedure private.
According to Kushner, his illness is “not for public consumption.” He claimed he only told a small group of people, including his wife, two of his aides, and Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff at the time.
However, Kushner stated that his father-in-law was aware of the secret prior to his surgery.
“Trump summoned me to the Oval Office the day before the surgery and motioned for his team to close the door.” ‘Are you nervous about the surgery?’ enquired Kushner.
When Kushner asked how Trump knew about the operation, he answered “I’m the president. I know everything. I understand that you want to keep these things quiet. I like to keep things like this to myself as well. You’ll be just fine. Don’t worry about anything with work. We have everything covered here.”