Carly Fiorina Hospitalized With Infection Related to Post-Cancer Reconstructive Surgery

Carly Fiorina, a candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, talks to supporters at a election night party in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, June 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Chris Carlson

Republican California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina
Chris Carlson

Updated: 3:39pm EST

Republican California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina has been hospitalized with an infection related to post-breast cancer reconstructive surgery and will be forced to temporarily suspend her campaign, a spokesperson said this morning in a statement.

Fiorina was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 but made a full recovery after undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments and a double mastectomy. Over the summer, she had reconstructive surgery.

"Carly learned more than a year and a half ago that she, like millions of women, had breast cancer,'' Deborah Bowker, Fiorina's chief of staff, said in a statement today. "After successfully battling cancer, she had reconstructive surgery this summer and remains cancer free today. However, this morning Carly came down with an infection associated with the reconstructive surgery and, as a result, she was admitted to the hospital to receive antibiotics to treat this infection.''

Bowker added: "While this will impact her campaign schedule today, Carly is upbeat and her doctors expect her to make a quick and full recovery and be back out on the campaign trail soon."

Fiorina, who is being treated with antibiotics at an undisclosed California hospital, had previously been scheduled to meet with small business owners at two events in Riverside and Coachella, in the conservative-leaning Inland Empire region, according to the Washington Post.

"We wish Carly Fiorina a speedy recovery and hope she is able to return to her normal schedule soon," said Rose Kapolczynski, campaign manager to Democratic candidate Barbara Boxer, in a statement. 

Boxer is scheduled to appear alongside first lady Michelle Obama at a Los Angeles event on Tuesday.

A recent poll showed Fiorina trailing Boxer, the state's incumbent three-term senator, by eight points. CBS currently rates the race with a democratic edge.

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