Austin to make scheduled hospital visit on Friday after cancer treatment -Pentagon

(Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit the hospital for a scheduled follow-up appointment on Friday after his recent prostate cancer treatment, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Austin, who was released from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland on Jan. 15, “continues to recover well and is expected to make a full recovery,” the Pentagon said.

Austin, 70, triggered a major political backlash earlier this month for failing to reveal for days that he was hospitalized on Jan. 1 to treat complications that followed his December treatment for prostate cancer.

(Reporting by Paul Grant; Writing by Ismail Shakil)