CARBONDALE — The chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale has been diagnosed with cancer.

In a statement posted on his blog Thursday, Carlo Montemagno announced that he recently had to limit his public schedule in order to address significant back and hip pain, which was originally thought to be caused by cysts.

The cysts were treated, but their cause was identified as cancer, Montemagno said. He did not specify the type of cancer.

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“I won’t go into more detail here other than to say we are treating it aggressively and I am confident that I will be around for a long time,” Montemagno said.

Montemagno said he would “remain fully engaged as your chancellor and will remain focused on advancing our institution,” but noted that Provost Meera Komarraju and her office had taken over work on the chancellor’s academic reorganization plan earlier this year.

“Health is an intensely personal matter for all of us, and I felt it was important to be transparent with you, our new extended family, regarding this matter. My family and I appreciate the support of our many friends and colleagues here in Carbondale, and around the world,” Montemagno said.

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