ATLANTA (AP) -- Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes said Tuesday he was treated for prostate cancer earlier this year but is hopeful he has "whipped" the disease.
Barnes told The Associated Press he went through five weeks of radiation treatment beginning in January and had surgery to implant radioactive seeds in March. The Democrat from Marietta said a fresh round of tests is set to determine whether the cancer is gone.
Barnes said he learned he had cancer from a routine physical last year after his failed comeback bid for governor.
"It was a little surprising to me because I have always been disgustingly healthy," the 63-year-old said.
"I've been fine and it's no big deal," he said, adding that although the radiation treatments left him irritable he only missed two days of work.
"I get bored easily," Barnes, a lawyer, explained.