Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is hospitalized again, weeks after cancer treatment

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was transported to the hospital Sunday afternoon to be seen for “symptoms suggesting an emergent bladder issue,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

“The Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been notified,” Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said. “Additionally, White House and Congressional notifications have occurred.”

The Sunday afternoon announcement came just weeks after Austin was diagnosed with prostate cancer in early December and hospitalized on Dec. 22 for a related procedure.

Austin transferred his authority to his deputy, Kathleen Hicks, the following day, but neither she nor President Biden knew that Austin was in the hospital. He was hospitalized again on Jan. 1 for complications from the first procedure. Biden didn’t learn of the hospitalization until Jan. 4.