Jack Layton suffering from prostate cancer

Toronto MP says cancer is "treatable" and he plans to stay on as NDP leader

NDP leader Jack Layton announced in Toronto on Friday that he is currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. In a brief statement to reporters, Layton said the cancer is treatable and that “everything is on track and I feel good.” Layton doesn’t plan to step down as party leader or as the MP for the Toronto-Danforth riding where he made the announcement, though he conceded his health issues will force him to scale back his political activities. According to a party spokesperson, the cancer was first diagnosed last December and Layton will be treated in Toronto.