Metairie senator home following surgery for skin cancer

State Sen. Danny Martiny, a Metairie lawyer, is home recuperating, following surgery for skin cancer earlier this week.

Martiny, a Republican legislative leader, was diagnosed with melanoma the week before Memorial Day. He announced during session that he was seeking treatment at Houston’s M.D. Anderson Medical Center.

“Everything went great. My doctor is very encouraged. I am very positive about my prospects. While we are still waiting on the results of some tests, all indications are the outcomes will be good,” he said Friday in a statement.

Martiny, 62, was welcomed back to the Capitol in the final days of the session and announced that he was scheduled for surgery this Wednesday. During a brief break from bills, he thanked legislators for their prayers.

“Coming face-to-face with your own mortality is not something any of us anticipate,” Martiny said on the floor May 29. “I’ll tell you something, prayers work.”

Martiny has been a legislator since 1994, winning election first to a seat in the House. He is in his second term in the Senate.

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