On tuesday, the 45-year-old informed her cabinet in schwerin about her breast cancer diagnosis. "The good news is: this cancer is curable", she said, according to a statement from her state office. She will continue to hold the office of minister president and also the party chairmanship of the state SPD, but will give up her party offices at the federal level.
The necessary medical treatment will mean that she will not be able to attend all her public appointments in the coming months, schwesig added. But "after intensive talks" she is "very confident" with the attending physicians, to get back to full health.
Schwesig was federal family minister from 2013 to 2017. Since july 2017, she has been minister president of mecklenburg-western pomerania, and since the beginning of 2019, together with hermann grohe (CDU), she has been chairman of the mediation committee of the bundestag and bundesrat.
After the resignation of SPD chairwoman andrea nahles in june 2019, she led the SPD on an interim basis together with malu dreyer and thorsten schafer-gumbel.