Former Governor Diagnosed With Cancer

3-8-06 - Former Texas Governor Ann Richards says she has cancer of the esophagus. The 72-year-old Democrat will undergo treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

An aide says Richards went in for tests Monday and got the results Tuesday. Spokesman Bill Maddox says Richards is waiting to learn from officials at M.D. Anderson as to when she can check in. Maddox also says the former governor is, quote: "facing this challenge."

Richards was the 45th Texas governor, serving from 1991 to 1995, until she was defeated by George W. Bush who went on to become president. Richards, since 2001, has been a senior adviser at Public Strategies, which is a public relations and lobbying firm. Richards in 1994 was diagnosed with osteoporosis.

She said in a 2002 interview that she planned to aggressively fight the incurable bone-weakening disease.